Mystery of ‘alien megastructure’ star deepens after further study

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#Alien #EarthMystery of ‘alien megastructure’ star deepens after further study : In 2011 and 2013 the light shining from a distant star dropped by an unprecedented 20 percent, leading some astronomers to wonder if something very, VERY, big is blocking it from Earth’s view.

Star KIC 8462852, also known as ‘Tabby’s Star’, has been emitting an erratic flickering light, prompting great debate among the astronomy community as to what is obstructing our view of the star.

KIC 8463852 is located in the Cygnus constellation, about 1,480 light years from Earth. Some say the star’s brightness has been gradually dimming over the last century, while others suggest that large comets or a huge dust cloud could be blocking the light. A number of people think a massive ‘alien megastructure’ is to blame.

Results from a new study that observed Tabby’s Star over four years confirmed that the star has dimmed continuously, however new questions have arisen over the peculiar pattern of light emitted from KIC 8462852.

The study, which was published to the arxiv but has yet to be peer reviewed, used the Kepler Space Telescope’s database during its mission from 2009 to 2013, to measure light (or lack thereof) from the star and found it dimmed constantly over the observation period.