Astronomers may have discovered an alien civilization capable of building a real-life Death Star. Disturbingly the real Death Star would be far bigger and more powerful than the ones in the Star Wars movies.

A star called KIC 8462852 is behaving so strangely that some people are speculating that it is being covered by a Dyson Sphere. A Dyson Sphere is a construct that would capture all the energy from a star; it would be about the size of Earth’s orbit around the sun. Such a Sphere would be the perfect means of channeling all of a star’s power into some sort of weapons system.

KIC 8462852 or Tabby’s Star caught astronomer’s attention because its radio emissions and light increase and decrease in strange irregular pulses. So far no astronomer has been able to explain the behavior. Although the star has prompted a lot of discussion since it was spotted by the Kepler space telescope last year.

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The most likely explanation for Tabby’s Star is that comets, planets or space debris are simply surrounding it and blocking it from view.

Another really intriguing possibility is a Dyson Swarm; a fleet of spaceships or satellites trying to capture energy from Tabby’s star. There’s also the possibility that a large fleet of ships is simply gathering in orbit of the star for some other reason. Perhaps the astronomers have located some sort of alien base or staging area.

The possibility has so intrigued Andrew Siemion; the Director of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence’s (SETI) Research Center at UC Berkley, that he had his team investigate, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. SETI has redirected the Green Bank Observatory; the largest radio steerable radio telescope on Earth, to monitor Tabby’s Star for alien signals.

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Siemion is working with Breakthrough Listen a $100 million search for aliens financed by Silicon Valley billionaire Yuri Milner. News stories did not whether SETI plans to try and contact the aliens at Tabby’s Star.

Given the aliens’ potential firepower that might not be a good idea; the world’s armed forces probably have no defense against a Death Star. One has to wonder if SETI is doing the right thing. It might be telling the Galactic Empire where we are and how to find us.

We can only hope that the Galactic Empire is benevolent or has no interest in us. If it is hostile we’ll have no choice but to surrender to it.

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