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IN Science & Technology ON 15 Oct, 2015
Scientists have been baffled by the unusual dimming of light of a distant star. According to astronomer Jason Wright from Penn State University, aliens should be the very last explanation, but this specific case somehow seems to point to that hypothesis. According to recent findings, the distant star KIC 8462852 has been having highly irregular dimming effects of light.
Ross Andersen believes that the primary explanation for this is that the star is being surrounded by a massive space junk, composed of various space debris, rotating around it. The problem, however, is that KIC 8462852 is likely a mature star. Thus, it should not have any mass of space debris circling it as that should only happen to young stars.
Scientists noted that these anomalies are not the fault of the technology they have utilized. It is not caused by bad data interpretation. Aside from an alien megastructure probably blocking it, some researchers think that a star once passed by KIC 8462852's system; as it went nearby, it pulled in many comets before removing them again, as gravity became muddled for a bit. However, that would be an extraordinarily rare event.
KIC 8462852 can be found between the constellations of Cygnus and Lyre in our Milky Way galaxy. 1,500 light-years away, this star is bigger, brighter, and hotter than our Sun. Reports indicate that sometimes the brightness is dimmed by a significant 15 percent, and once reached 22 percent.
KIC 8462842 was found way back in 2009 by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope. Along with 150,000 newly identified stars, scientists use the telescope to approximate the location of stars as regular light dimming indicates that a star probably has a massive object rotating around it.
Astronomer Phil Plait thinks that the Dyson Sphere is an interesting idea, though he admits that it needs to be viewed with a dash of skepticism. The Dyson Sphere is a concept found in science fictions stories, in which a titanic sphere composed of solar panels wholly surrounds a star.
Even if the cause isn't an alien megastructure, this finding is a first for humankind, and we should all still be excited. The SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute said that they are interested in contributing to this space anomaly.
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