The weirdest star in space is acting weird again. Is it aliens?

The weirdest star in space is acting weird again. Is it aliens?”

Amateur and professional astronomers alike are scrambling to figure out why the celestial body known as KIC 8462852, or Boyajian's star, is acting so weird.

The Milky Way's most mysterious "alien megastructure" star, also known as Tabby Star - named after Tabetha Boyajian, lead researcher of the team that observed the celestial body in 2015 - has been an object of intrigue due to its odd nature.

Most scientists, including Wright and Boyajian, don't think it's very likely that there is an alien civilization building planet-size structures around one of their stars.

"Something that we've been waiting for, for the past four years has finally started to happen again", said Tabby Boyajian, the astrophysicist at Louisiana State University who discovered the star, in a Youtube event over the weekend. In the past, the star's brightness has dipped by about 20%.

National Geographic said the star has baffled astronomers because its light has dimmed as much as 22 percent before returning to its usual brightness, a behavior not previously seen in other stars. They are now monitoring the star and verifying its light curve, according to the Universe Today report. One astronomer thinks that a Dyson Sphere is causing the unusual dips, thereby nicknaming Tabby's Star as the "alien megastructure" star. One star, KIC 8462852, behaved like no other.

Now, there is now a lot more data to use, but it would take time for researchers to fully consider what the information could tell us about Tabby's Star. The most famous theory so far is that the dimming is caused by an "alien megastructure" orbiting the star and collecting stellar energy. If there is gas in that dust, that gas should absorb very specific wavelengths and we should be able to see that. So we need to have a network of people around the world'.

In response to the call, the twin 10-meter telescopes at the W.H. Keck Observatory in Hawaii have been trained on the star, as has the Breakthrough Listen Initiative's Automated Planet Finder telescope at Lick Observatory in California.

That's a big deal, because it means scientists can target the star with a number of telescopes that operate at a variety of ranges across the light spectrum. "There's a palpable tension".

She explained that the reason astronomers are interested in demonstrating periodicity in the dimming events, because that improves the case that there's something orbiting it (rather than occlusions being caused by something between Earth and the star).

Breakthrough and the Berkeley center are now trying to get some observing time on the Green Bank radio telescope in West Virginia, according to Siemion.

Header Image: An illustration depicts what Boyajian's star may look like.

Like this


25 May 2017
Lionel Messi loses Supreme Court appeal over tax fraud conviction
During Wednesday's court proceedings, Messi insisted that he had little knowledge of his father's financial affairs. The Spanish Supreme Court has rejected Lionel Messi's appeal against his conviction for tax evasion.

24 May 2017
Pacific Rim countries agree to pursue trade deal sans US
Japan still hopes to bring the United States back to the agreement, but is trying to get the 11 remaining countries to push ahead.

24 May 2017
Mixed reviews for Pirates of the Caribbean 5
Javier Bardem has played a variety of roles over the years, but has become most known for his creepy, terrifying villains. Our theatrical feature Lightspeed was put on the back burner when Disney acquired the Star Wars franchise.

24 May 2017
Samsung showcasing stretchable OLED display this week
At this time, it is probably very expensive and complicated to produce stretchable displays in larger sizes. Samsung to unveil a stretchable display that will make broken smartphone screens a thing of the past.

22 May 2017
Home win streak is NHL's longest in two decades
Pekka Rinne has been the best and most consistent goaltender in the 2017 National Hockey League postseason. But another loss Sunday would have tested this team on all sort of levels, both mental and physical.

22 May 2017
Pogba On Target As Man Utd End On A High
Allardyce will resist the temptation to also rest his players, saying: "I won't be trying players for the sake of it". He played 90 minutes in the last match, so probably not".

20 May 2017
Video shows Hillary Clinton practiced avoiding Trump hug
After Clinton and "Trump" walk on stage, Reines stretches out his arms as if expecting his "opponent" to reciprocate. Clinton dodges the hug and Reines chases her around and tries to maul her like a hungry bear.

20 May 2017
West Ham renew Adrián and open the door to Arbeloa
Hammers look to end the campaign on a positive note as the New Zealand worldwide has undergone an operation and been ruled out for 10 weeks.

20 May 2017
Celtics win NBA draft lottery, Lakers at No. 2 keep pick
A player like Butler or George certainly would bolster the Celtics' roster, but as Wojnarowski notes, it would come at a big cost. Boston's lottery victory comes 20 years after they also had the best odds of landing the top pick.

20 May 2017
Seoul: Trump willing to try engagement with N Korea, on conditions
The state news agency also said Sunday's launch tested the nation's ability to carry a "large size" nuclear warhead. He also said the the country's military was ready and capable of striking back should the North attack.