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Search for ‘Alien Mega-structure’ on Distant Star Underway

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Scientists have begun pointing a cluster of radio dishes at a mysterious star that some astronomers believe could harbor an “alien megastructure.”

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) focused the Allen Telescope Array located in Northern California on star KIC 8462852 on Friday. SETI is in the process of switching out equipment to see if “more sensitive receivers” can pick up a signal they’ve missed so far, according to Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer at the SETI Institute.

“The distance of this system is 1400-light-years away, so if there are signals we may not be able to pick them up because they are so weak,” Shostak told USA TODAY Network.

The star is just one of 160,000 stars that NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has spotted since 2009, though its unusual light pattern has captured the attention of many.