Put away the welcome mats. The mysterious star that made headlines last month is most likely not an alien-made structure, according to observations by the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute.
The Planet Hunters recently published their findings outlining several possible natural explanations for the Tabby star’s odd blinking. An astronomer from Penn State University published an alternative explanation — alien civilization.
The SETI Institute has since been listening for signs of alien technology from the star using the Allen Telescope Array (pictured above) in California.
“The history of astronomy tells us that every time we thought we had found a phenomenon due to the activities of extraterrestrials, we were wrong,” said Seth Shostak, SETI Institute astronomer. “But although it’s quite likely that this star’s strange behavior is due to nature, not aliens, it’s only prudent to check such things out.”
The Institute said they will continue to search for radio signals.