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    Stars go missing.

    It seems that we have stars missing in action;

    ''There’s something odd happening in our skies. Almost 100 stars seem to be missing.

    They haven’t gone nova. Nor have they become black holes. With no natural explanation available, some astronomers are seeing aliens.

    In 2015, a group of citizen astronomers brought the world’s attention to KIC 8462852, which quickly became known as Tabby’s Star. It was flickering. Erratically. Dramatically.

    It’s no longer alone.

    Some 21 other stars have been found behaving in the same seemingly unnatural way.

    But, in 2016, Swedish astronomers noticed nothing.

    It was nothing where something was supposed to be.

    A star had vanished.

    Without a trace.

    Three years later, they’ve discovered at least 100 more are missing.

    “Unless a star collapses directly into a black hole, there is no known physical process by which it could physically vanish,” the study reads.

    “If such examples exist, this makes it interesting for searches for new exotic phenomena or even signs of technologically advanced civilisations.”

    WHO TURNED OUT THE LIGHTS?

    The Stockholm University and the Institute of Astrophysics of Canarias have been following-up their 2016 nothingness in space.

    Back then they were comparing a 1950s photo of the constellation Lupus the Wolf to a more contemporary image. The 1950s image showed a star. The new one did not.

    But there was no plume of a supernova. No sign of a collapsing, cooling husk.

    This wasn’t supposed to be possible.

    But this particular impossible is becoming increasingly common.''

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    Quote Originally Posted by DBT View Post
    It seems that we have stars missing in action;

    ''There’s something odd happening in our skies. Almost 100 stars seem to be missing.

    They haven’t gone nova. Nor have they become black holes. With no natural explanation available, some astronomers are seeing aliens.

    In 2015, a group of citizen astronomers brought the world’s attention to KIC 8462852, which quickly became known as Tabby’s Star. It was flickering. Erratically. Dramatically.

    It’s no longer alone.

    Some 21 other stars have been found behaving in the same seemingly unnatural way.

    But, in 2016, Swedish astronomers noticed nothing.

    It was nothing where something was supposed to be.

    A star had vanished.

    Without a trace.

    Three years later, they’ve discovered at least 100 more are missing.

    “Unless a star collapses directly into a black hole, there is no known physical process by which it could physically vanish,” the study reads.

    “If such examples exist, this makes it interesting for searches for new exotic phenomena or even signs of technologically advanced civilisations.”

    WHO TURNED OUT THE LIGHTS?

    The Stockholm University and the Institute of Astrophysics of Canarias have been following-up their 2016 nothingness in space.

    Back then they were comparing a 1950s photo of the constellation Lupus the Wolf to a more contemporary image. The 1950s image showed a star. The new one did not.

    But there was no plume of a supernova. No sign of a collapsing, cooling husk.

    This wasn’t supposed to be possible.

    But this particular impossible is becoming increasingly common.''
    Wow, very interesting. It seems like a dyson sphere is very unlikely due to how much gravity assist it would take to keep the structure around the sun. Could be alien ships moving about. I'm sure that more research is coming on this.

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    In a universe which is 13.772 billion years old, it is not valid to declare the disappearance of stars "is becoming increasingly common" because of observations over a period of four years. This may be a regular occurrence, which we just noticed, or it maybe a cycle and these star will reappear some time in the future.

    The Constellation known as the Pleiades is familiar to any stargazer. One of the first astronomy lessons anyone hears is about how the ancient Greeks called this star cluster the "Seven sisters" and the Native Americans called it the "Seven lost children". Yet, only six stars are visible to the naked eye. This mystery has fascinated humans since the first person looked up at night and said, "Wait a minute, there's only six."

    The French artist William-Adolphe Bouguereau used this as the theme of his work, "The Lost Pleiades", although anyone familiar with Bouguereau's work will know he didn't really need a theme to produce his softcore oil on canvas paintings. For those interested in this intersection of science and fine art, a print of this painting is available on a tote bag.

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    They have not excluded Novas. I mean they say it does not appear to be Novas but that's clearly not enough.

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    There is a bit more informative article on these 'missing' stars here:
    https://www.sciencealert.com/a-look-...ously-vanished
    It offers several ideas that need to be examined before concluding that this is something extraordinary. A couple possibilities are that they could have been closer and dimmer than first assumed so moving faster with respect to the background stars than assumed... this would mean that they have just moved out of the image frame. Another is that the first image could have been made during a flaring stage and the star has since calmed down to a much lower magnitude so dropped below detection limits.

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    I did recently finish a computer programming task to print the hypothetical nine billion names of God, but it seems unlikely that this could be the cause.

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    When you find that most of your data points are bad data that generally means the rest are also. I doubt stars are going out.

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    Maybe the telescope lens had a bunch of little shiny flecks on it that looked like stars, and then the janitor came along with his Windex and cleaned them off. It could happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loren Pechtel View Post
    When you find that most of your data points are bad data that generally means the rest are also. I doubt stars are going out.
    It's not likely that stars are going out. The question is, what is happening?

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    They're probably in a pocket universe, while Davros makes his reality bomb. Someone should call the Doctor.

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