KIC 8462852 Boyajian's Star Update For 04/11/17 | Summary and Q&A

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April 11, 2017
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KIC 8462852 Boyajian's Star Update For 04/11/17

TL;DR

A recent study searched nearby stars for artificial laser emissions but found no convincing detections, further supporting the idea that the evolution of high intelligence is rare.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What did the recent study investigate regarding nearby stars and potential alien civilizations?

The study aimed to find laser emissions from 5600 nearby stars that could potentially indicate the presence of artificial intelligence, intentional or accidental. No convincing detections were found.

Q: What categories did the researchers divide the potential detections into?

The researchers identified 5023 potential false positives, categorizing them as equipment defects, cosmic rays or other particles striking the detectors, or actual detections from the target stars or earthly sources.

Q: What unusual case did the study find related to laser light?

Among the potential detections, the study found an unexplained case of strange laser light originating from an unknown source on Earth.

Q: What is the significance of the saturated pixel in Boyajian's Star?

The saturated pixel in Boyajian's Star, which is inconsistent with monochromatic light, adds to the ongoing controversies and raises further questions about the star's behavior.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Researchers conducted a search for artificial laser emissions from 5600 nearby stars, including Boyajian's Star, but found no convincing detections.

  • The study identified 5023 potential false positive detections, including an unexplained case of strange laser light from an unknown source on Earth.

  • The saturated pixel in Boyajian's Star is inconsistent with monochromatic light, raising more questions and adding to the existing unusual characteristics of the star.

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