>>17178222 >Relatively rare celestial event >It woulda happened again in twenty measly Earth years
>>17177817 Look, I understand your problem with science as a dogma but the fact is that all data we have on it points to it being a gamma ray burst pointed at us. Maybe if it happens again, with our current equipment we'll get enough data to discount that explanation. Fuck, maybe an Alien civilization encodes messages WITHING gamma ray bursts but even if they had, we have no way of knowing with the back-then data.
I'm as interested in the truths of the universe as the next guy but flights of fancy are only useful if they produce testable hypotheses.
Sadly, if it were some sort of intentional signal with an intelligent source it would have been more likely to be repeated not less.
If you want to get excited get excited about them pointing the large array at KIC 8462852 soon.
>>17178456 10 seconds of it will reduce our Ozone by 25%. 10 seconds for mass extinction and lethal exposure on the side of the earth that got hit. It's all hypothetical, but 10 seconds is not a long time.
>>17178557 >>17178298 >>17178456 >That is only true if the burst lasts long enough AND from close enough. Those figures are for our sun doing it. This was a distant star. By the time it got to us it was just a little unusual data that a researcher got too excited about and the plebs got psyched.
KIC 8462852 is much more interesting but chances are it will get explained soon. I guess people like to get all worked up over stuff from the past that can't really be explained (because insufficient data)
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