The largest radio telescope of the world, the Chinese radio observatory of FAST, will study extremely unusual star of KIC 8462852 in the Cygnus constellation whose unusual tarnishing and “blinkings” can specify availability in its vicinities of the superdeveloped civilization of aliens, the South China Morning Post newspaper reports.
“Connection of the FAST telescope to our searches extremely expands our opportunities, and allows us “to probe” literally each corner of this star system regarding availability in it of alien radisignal. We are very glad that we can work with colleagues in China as FAST is the most sensitive telescope of the world in the range” — Andrew Siemion, the deputy director of Breakthrough Listen declared.
In the middle of October, 2015 astronomers from Yale University told about unusual fluctuations in KIC 8462852 star brightness in the Cygnus constellation which luminescence force two times decreased almost on a quarter for the last seven years. These “blinkings” were specified for the first time a possibility of presence in its vicinities of the so-called sphere of Dayson, the catcher of energy of a star created by the superdeveloped civilization of aliens.
Initially scientists assumed that such “blinking” of a star could be caused by a swarm of the comets which closed its light from observers on Earth however in January, 2016 the American astronomer Bradley Schaefer found out that KIC 8462852 brightness inexplicably fell to 0,16 star sizes for the last century that called into question this theory. Subsequently the scientists working with the Kepler telescope confirmed that brightness of this star falls.
The pioneer of this star, Tabetha Boyjian, and a number of scientists from university of California in Berkeley, announced at the end of October the beginning of observations of this star within the Breakthrough Listen project started last year by Stephen Hawking and Yury Milner for searches of intelligent life outside the Solar system.
In addition to FAST, in these observations take part also other large radio telescope – observatory in Green-Banks, one of the most sensitive radio plates in the world which is used, for example, also by the Russian land and space interferometer “Radioastron” as land “half” of the huge virtual telescope of the size of Earth.
According to Jin Zhu (Jin Zhu), the director of the Beijing planetarium, FAST can begin observations of “a star of newcomers” even before a full completion of its construction and acquisition of a capability by it to change the configuration, however in the next two years it can be impossible because of extremely dense program of the observations devoted “serious” scientific by researches.
The additional problem is that the Chinese astronomers aren’t assured that the mankind will be able correctly to interpret artificial signals which FAST in the theory can receive from the KIC 8462852 system, prove that they were really generated by aliens and to decipher them. Nevertheless, scientists hope that the management of FAST will allocate them at least the minimum quantity of observation time in the nearest future.