Last week Canelli asked me to look into all this biz about KIC-8462852. I did the research, read a couple of papers, scanned the internet, and a bunch of other stuff. At this point, there’s nothing I can say that Phil Plait hasn’t already said, and I certainly can’t say it better than him anyway. And I absolutely agree: this is an incredibly weird object, aliens are probably not the answer, but all this is still very cool. Weird-ass astro objects such as this almost always lead to really interesting discoveries. (The best example off the top of my head is how we figured out that six to eight different types of objects were all the exact same type of thing except we were viewing them from different angles.)
Here’s a run-down of some links that are related to this (be they the original papers, blog posts, or supporting information):
- Dyson Sphere
- KIC 8462852 – Where’s the flux? (the original paper that started it all)
- The G^ Search for Extraterrestrial Civilizations With Large Energy Supplies, section IV: The Signatures and Information Content of Transiting Megastructures (a paper by the guy who put forth the idea that KIC-8462852 might have a Dyson Sphere around it)
- Recent blog post by Jason Wright, the guy who was the lead writer on the prior paper. (The title of this Strange Projections post you’re reading right now is from this link.)
So, again, this is pretty cool. Hurray for science, yo.