‘ALIEN MEGASTRUCTURE’ MYSTERY RETURNS: KIC 8462852 FLICKERS AGAIN!
Mystery Surrounding Alien Megastructure Returns Thanks To Inexplicable Flashes Once Again
Scientists have been puzzled by the Alien megastructure star since it was discovered back in 2011 and now it is causing a buzz as again it has been issuing light patterns.
STAR IS AFFECTIONATELY KNOWN AS TABBY’S STAR
Astronomers have been wondering why the star, which has the scientific name of KIC 8462852, dims and then flickers so drastically and had been doing so for years. Now it has started to do it again and astronomers were able to catch a glimpse of the phenomenon and this time in real time.
Scientists are hoping that they will be able to catch the spectrum both before and after the dimming, which should give them a better idea of what is causing the inexplicable flashes of light. If the spectral diming is consistent it points to a more solid object, such as a plant, but if the dimming is more uneven it points to gas or perhaps dust as being the cause of the dimming.
The star has the more affectionate name of Tabby’s Star and it has been hiding towards the far end of the Milky Way galaxy, which is about 1,300 light years away from Cygnus. The star had been first discovered using the Kepler Space telescope during 2009 and it was in 2011 that it had first caught the attention of people. This was when citizen scientists, who had volunteered to help scientists find exoplanets, first noticed that there were strange patterns of light coming from the Tabby star.
DIMMING LIGHT PATTERNS SUGGEST SOMETHING IS PASSING IN FRONT OF STAR
When observing them scientists found that light emitted had dimmed by around 20% and they worked out that it must mean that something had been passing in front of it. However, what it was had remained a mystery, while there have been suggestions that it may be comets or huge gas clouds, others have said that it is aliens.
One believer is Jason Wright, an astronomer from the Penn State University, who alongside Tabetha Boyajian, who the star was named after, both are trying to solve what has now become one of the biggest enigmas.
ALIEN MEGASTRUCTURES COULD BE ORBITING STAR
Wright and many others say that the light patterns, which have been irregular, could mean that alien megastructures are orbiting the star. If they exist what their purpose is, remains a mystery, however, one of the explanations is that a super advanced alien civilization has made the technology to harness energy from it.
A megastructure with the name of Dyson Sphere is a theoretical construction that draws energy from a star and engulfs it. This was first hypothesized about by Olaf Stapledon, the science fiction writer, in 1937, and it became popular during the 1960s when Freeman Dyson, the theoretical physicist and mathematician brought it up.
Of course, all of this does sound as though it does belong in a science fiction movie, but as they say the truth is out there, but whether it will be revealed or not remains to be seen.