Tabby’s Star Dimming Again
The legend of Tabby’s Star, or KIC 8462852, is continuing to grow, even as the star has strangely begun to dim again. The new dimming was reported in May, and astronomers were expected to be hard at their telescopes, trying to come up with a plausible explanation. Right now, the suggestion that we may have stumbled upon an alien megastructure of some kind is as good as any other, and maybe better. No other star has ever been reported behaving this way.
As geologist and Atlantis Rising contributor Robert Schoch reported in our March/April, 2017 issue (“Mega Engineering in the Stars”), there are those who think the peculiar, irregular dimming of the star, could be caused by a Dyson sphere. Enclosing a star with an artificial structure like a giant lantern shade to harness its energy was proposed by British physicist and mathematician Freeman Dyson in 1960. If it exists on Tabby’s star (named after discoverer Tabetha Boyajian) it would be clear evidence for the existence of an extremely advanced engineering technology by an alien society.
Elsewhere on the alien-technology front, the notorious “Wow” signal, reported by astronomer Jerry R. Ehman in 1977, is back in the news. Ehman, a researcher with the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) spotted an anomalous radio signal that looked artificial in nature and wrote “Wow” on his data printout. Ever since, it has been called the “Wow” signal. It has never been satisfactorily explained, but now there is a new attempt.
Antonio Paris, a professor of astronomy at St. Petersburg College in Florida, has determined that two comets were passing through the area of the sky under observation by Ehman’s telescope, and a hydrogen cloud accompanied one of them. Paris isn’t sure how, but he thinks the comet may have caused the “Wow” signal. He thinks it was a natural phenomenon, but he can’t rule out artificial origins.
Meanwhile, whoever the alien caller was, he didn’t leave a callback number.
A powerful electromagnetic pulse (EMP) would be one of the most devastating bi-products of any nuclear explosion, rendering useless anything electrical belonging to a society. The specter of such warfare has intrigued many science fiction fans for years, but the dangers are anything but fictional. In “EMP Wars,” the cover story for our January/February 2017 issue, Atlantis Rising underscored the subject. Now, new developments are making it clear that even without nukes, the EMP threat remains very real.
The U.S. Air Force, along with defense contractors Boeing, Raytheon, and Lockheed, has confirmed that they are pursuing a non-nuclear pulse weapon. Nicknamed the Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP), scientists and engineers are trying to make a system that could deliver an EMP pulse capable of targeting and destroying all electrical systems but without the death and destruction of a nuclear event. According to insiders, the CHAMP system, operating from an aircraft, such as a drone, could knock out buildings and power grids. The tests in the Utah desert, it is said, have been going well and have demonstrated the feasibility of the technology. On just one mission, the weapon was able to take down several targets. Pentagon planners appreciate CHAMP’s ability to go after precisely chosen targets, such as an enemy’s electrical system, their access to the Internet or any other computer networks, and virtually all of the components of life in the twenty-first century, but without killing any people.
“This technology marks a new era in modern-day warfare,” said Keith Coleman, CHAMP program manager for Boeing Phantom Works. “In the near future, this technology may be used to render an enemy’s electronic and data systems useless even before the first troops or aircraft arrive.”