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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:56 pm

Tabby's Star: Alien megastructure not the cause of dimming of the 'most mysterious star in the universe'
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A team of more than 200 researchers, including Penn State Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics Assistant Professor Jason Wright and led by Louisiana State University's Tabetha Boyajian, is one step closer to solving the mystery behind the "most mysterious star in the universe." KIC 8462852, or "Tabby's Star," nicknamed after Boyajian, is otherwise an ordinary star, about 50 percent bigger and 1,000 degrees hotter than the Sun, and about than 1,000 light years away. However, it has been inexplicably dimming and brightening sporadically like no other. Several theories abound to explain the star's unusual light patterns, including that an alien megastructure is orbiting the star.

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"Dust is most likely the reason why the star's light appears to dim and brighten. The new data shows that different colors of light are being blocked at different intensities. Therefore, whatever is passing between us and the star is not opaque, as would be expected from a planet or alien megastructure," Boyajian said.

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Oh well, maybe next time. ;)
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Post by Gawdzilla Sama » Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:08 am

Nope, nor the time after that, or the time after that, etc., ad infinitum.
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:50 am

Hey!

They said that about the Cubs winning the World Series. :mrgreen:
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Personally, I haven't the vaguest notion what to expect from an alien megastructure.
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Post by Poodle » Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:17 pm

I wouldn't even recognise an alien mega, let alone build something from them.

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Post by OlegTheBatty » Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:54 pm

If the package was labeled "Alien Megabits" "Build your very own Alien Megastructure", then I would know.
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Post by OlegTheBatty » Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:24 pm

Close, but no cigar. :mrgreen:
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OlegTheBatty wrote:Close, but no cigar. :mrgreen:
I married an alien. I'd rather date an virgin.
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Post by Nikki Nyx » Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:12 pm

Prefixing the term 'structure' with 'mega' seems presumptive. Maybe the aliens are giants, and it's microscopic to them.
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Nikki Nyx wrote:Prefixing the term 'structure' with 'mega' seems presumptive. Maybe the aliens are giants, and it's microscopic to them.
Any "structure" that fills a torus the size of Earth's orbit gets a "mega" from me. :lol:
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Gawdzilla Sama wrote:
Nikki Nyx wrote:Prefixing the term 'structure' with 'mega' seems presumptive. Maybe the aliens are giants, and it's microscopic to them.
Any "structure" that fills a torus the size of Earth's orbit gets a "mega" from me. :lol:
:mrgreen: Me too, because it is 'mega' to us. But it might well be the size of a wedding ring to these hypothetical aliens. Have you ever read James Blish's short story 'Surface Tension?'
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Nikki Nyx wrote:
Gawdzilla Sama wrote:
Nikki Nyx wrote:Prefixing the term 'structure' with 'mega' seems presumptive. Maybe the aliens are giants, and it's microscopic to them.
Any "structure" that fills a torus the size of Earth's orbit gets a "mega" from me. :lol:
:mrgreen: Me too, because it is 'mega' to us. But it might well be the size of a wedding ring to these hypothetical aliens. Have you ever read James Blish's short story 'Surface Tension?'
I blishingly admit I have not.
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Gawdzilla Sama wrote:
Nikki Nyx wrote:
Gawdzilla Sama wrote:
Nikki Nyx wrote:Prefixing the term 'structure' with 'mega' seems presumptive. Maybe the aliens are giants, and it's microscopic to them.
Any "structure" that fills a torus the size of Earth's orbit gets a "mega" from me. :lol:
:mrgreen: Me too, because it is 'mega' to us. But it might well be the size of a wedding ring to these hypothetical aliens. Have you ever read James Blish's short story 'Surface Tension?'
I blishingly admit I have not.
:lol: I read it in the first volume of Robert Silverberg's Science Fiction Hall of Fame anthology, which I highly recommend.
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Post by Gawdzilla Sama » Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:18 pm

I have 1 and 2A. Just read "Born of Man, Born of Woman".
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Post by Nikki Nyx » Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:45 pm

Gawdzilla Sama wrote:I have 1 and 2A. Just read "Born of Man, Born of Woman".
I believe it's in the first volume.
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Nikki Nyx wrote:
Gawdzilla Sama wrote:I have 1 and 2A. Just read "Born of Man, Born of Woman".
I believe it's in the first volume.
Could be. If I disturb that ziggurat I may never be seen again. :shock:
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Post by Nikki Nyx » Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:28 pm

:lol: I'm in the same boat at this point. I really need to build more bookshelves.
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Post by OlegTheBatty » Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:34 pm

Now THAT would be a useful alien megastructure!
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Nikki Nyx wrote::lol: I'm in the same boat at this point. I really need to build more bookshelves.
Boss Lady has nearly two thousand books cataloged in librarything.com.
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Gawdzilla Sama wrote:
Nikki Nyx wrote::lol: I'm in the same boat at this point. I really need to build more bookshelves.
Boss Lady has nearly two thousand books cataloged in librarything.com.
I've barely begun cataloging mine, but I'm sure I have at least a thousand. Hell, I have a hundred cookbooks alone.
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Nikki Nyx wrote:
Gawdzilla Sama wrote:
Nikki Nyx wrote::lol: I'm in the same boat at this point. I really need to build more bookshelves.
Boss Lady has nearly two thousand books cataloged in librarything.com.
I've barely begun cataloging mine, but I'm sure I have at least a thousand. Hell, I have a hundred cookbooks alone.
Check out Librarything.com, nice features and if you add over 250 books you can pay $25 for unlimited additions above that level. I keep my books and movies on it so I don't get redundant at the books stores and video outlets.
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Post by Nikki Nyx » Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:26 pm

Gawdzilla Sama wrote:Check out Librarything.com, nice features and if you add over 250 books you can pay $25 for unlimited additions above that level. I keep my books and movies on it so I don't get redundant at the books stores and video outlets.
I will, thanks! I have doubled up on books several times, forgetting which ones I already have, which is annoying.
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Nikki Nyx wrote:
Gawdzilla Sama wrote:Check out Librarything.com, nice features and if you add over 250 books you can pay $25 for unlimited additions above that level. I keep my books and movies on it so I don't get redundant at the books stores and video outlets.
I will, thanks! I have doubled up on books several times, forgetting which ones I already have, which is annoying.
Yeah, gets expensive. :(
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Post by Austin Harper » Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:55 pm

Thanks for the suggestion, Gawd. I have a couple of Google sheets I use to track my books, DVDs, CDs, and records, but this site has a nice UI.
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Austin Harper wrote:Thanks for the suggestion, Gawd. I have a couple of Google sheets I use to track my books, DVDs, CDs, and records, but this site has a nice UI.
The option to search multiple data bases for an ISBN/Title is great for me. "Amazon.com videos" gets a workout.
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