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This May Be The Best Explanation Yet For That Mysterious ‘Alien Megastructure’

This May Be The Best Explanation Yet For That Mysterious ‘Alien Megastructure’

A new paper from Columbia University suggests that Tabby’s star — the celestial object voted most likely to host an alien megastructure — is acting weirdly because it recently annihilated an entire planet, and the shattered remains of that planet are now producing strange flickering effects. It’s probably the best…

The So-Called Alien Megastructure Just Got Even More Mysterious

The So-Called Alien Megastructure Just Got Even More Mysterious

Last spring, a little-known star called KIC 8462852 became our planetary obsession when astronomers said that its erratic flickering could be the result of an alien megastructure. Further observation of Tabby’s Star yielded no signs of aliens, but the sudden dips in luminosity continue to defy explanation. Now, things just…

That So-Called Alien Megastructure Could Just Be A Distorted Star 

That So-Called Alien Megastructure Could Just Be A Distorted Star 

The Kepler Space Telescope recently picked up unprecedented flickering behaviour from a distant star, leading to speculation that — among other things — it might be an alien megastructure. Now, some astronomers are saying it might just be caused by a rapidly spinning and irregularly shaped star.