|RT | May 19, 2017|
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Astronomers have been pondering what makes the star, with the catchy name of KIC 8462852, dim and flicker so drastically for years. Thankfully it started doing so again Friday with astronomers being able to view the phenomenon in real time.
#TabbysStar is dimming right now - join our live chat with @astro_wright@BerkeleySETIhttps://t.co/9xtxwjChPk via @YouTube— Tabetha Boyajian (@tsboyajian) May 19, 2017
#TabbysStar is doing the thing, this is not a drill! Anyone with a telescope, camera and free time should get to measuring! #heavybreathing— Tyler Ellis (@astro_ellis) May 19, 2017
That crazy star that inexplicably gets dimmer is doing it again. 👽#tabbysstarpic.twitter.com/tB4oRNKdyS— Matt Wachter (@Matthew_Wachter) May 19, 2017
Fingers crossed new data will reveal the true nature of t̶h̶e̶ ̶a̶l̶i̶e̶n̶ ̶m̶e̶g̶a̶s̶t̶r̶u̶c̶t̶u̶r̶e̶ this physical phenomenon.— Geert Barentsen (@GeertHub) May 19, 2017
Just what that something is remains a mystery, with suggestions involving comets, or vast gas clouds being mooted, while others still believe it could be aliens.
'Alien civilizations' may be found on 'megastructures' near Milky Way star, scientists say http://t.co/K8mJzYVzTZpic.twitter.com/Iuv42vfNK4— RT (@RT_com) October 16, 2015
Wright and others believe that the irregular light patterns could suggest a host of alien megastructures orbiting the star. What their purpose is, if they do indeed exist, is also a mystery but the most obvious explanation would be that a super-advanced alien civilization has built technology to harness energy from it.
Mystery of ‘alien megastructure’ star deepens after further study https://t.co/ze7K6icmfwpic.twitter.com/PHLbs5yH6W— RT (@RT_com) August 6, 2016
Though it may sound fantastical, it can’t be proven otherwise and the answer still eludes scientists. As they say, “the truth is out there.”