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Giant 'Hole' in Sun Is 50 Earths Wide

The sun has sprung a leak: A hole in the topmost layer of the sun and its magnetic field, the size of 50 Earths, is letting loose an ultrafast solar …

Astronomy

Why it’s so hard for astronomers to discuss the possibility of alien life

The internet went crazy this week over a strange star observed by NASA's Kepler spacecraft<p>The internet has been abuzz this week over the possibility of intelligent alien life somewhere in our galaxy. This time, an article published by <i>The Atlantic</i> set off the storm. The story details how NASA's …

Have Scientists Discovered An Alien Civilization? Not So Fast

Could new findings around a distant star point to an advanced alien civilization?<p>While it's a possibility that some scientists are considering, the chances are very high that we haven't stumbled upon extraterrestrials.<p>Researchers might be striking a note of caution, but buzz over the story went …

Universe

Are Those Really Alien Megastructures? How Astronomers Plan To Investigate

There's something weird happening around a faraway star.<p>Skywatchers have noticed something "bizarre" in the data from the planet-hunting Kepler telescope. Located 1,480 light-years away, a star named KIC 8462852 has something big circling around it, and it's not a planet.<p>Usually when a planet …

Has Nasa's Kepler Telescope spotted signs of alien life?

Scientists say a swarm of objects around a star look like 'something you would expect an alien civilisation to build'<p>A star with unusual behaviour spotted by the Kepler Telescope could be explained by alien activity, scientists have said.<p>KIC 8462852, a star 1,500 light years away from earth, has …