Alien Megastructure star KIC 8462852 is even more mysterious than previously thought. A new accepted for publication by The Astrophysical Journal has failed to understand what causes the mysterious dimming patterns at KIC 8462852. Is it… Aliens after all?
Every once in a while astronomers spot something in outer space that they can not explain.
As it turns out, the best explanation that has nothing to do with ‘Aliens’ is not so convincing after all as the mystery behind the anomalous star and its strange behaviour has created confusion among experts.
WWhat’sgoing on at KIC 8462852?
Last year astronomers spotted the most mysterious star in the universe. Officially called KIC 8462852, the star displays uncharacteristic features; its brightness has been fading over the last couple of decades. Even more interesting is the fact that over one hundred years ago, early astronomers spotted the strange behavior.
The mystery deepened eve more when a study carried out by the Carnegie Institute in Washington, D.C. discovered that KIC 8462852 wasn’t only fading for the last couple of years, but its anomalous patterns are as strange as it gets; the star is rapidly dimming as much as two percent in the last couple of months.
This means that there’s something at KIC 8462852 which causes the star to alter its brightness rapidly and at a steady rate for the last couple of years.
Strangely no one can explain what’s going on as astronomers have concluded that the dimming of the star IS NOT caused by solid objects like planets, moons or dust clouds transiting in front of the star causing the strange dimming patterns.
So what causes the dips in brightness at KIC 8462852? Two of the most ‘probable’ explanations range from a formation of comets circling the star to a massive Alien Megastructure built by a highly advanced alien civilization in order to harness the natural energy of the star. But aliens were the last ‘logical explanation,’ up until recently when experts found that nothing can accurately explain what’s going on.
According to reports from the Carnegie Institute in Washington, D.C., Simon and Montent discovered that in the last three years of the Kepler Mission, the alien mega structure star dimmed by nearly one percent. Then, all of a sudden, the brightness emitted from the star dropped by a staggering two percent in a period of just six months.
“The steady brightness change in KIC 8462852 is pretty astounding,” said astronomer Ben Montet. “Our highly accurate measurements over four years demonstrate that the star really is getting fainter with time. It is unprecedented for this type of star to slowly fade for years, and we don’t see anything else like it in the Kepler data.”
“This star was already completely unique because of its sporadic dimming episodes. But now we see that it has other features that are just as strange, both slowly dimming for almost three years and then suddenly getting fainter much more rapidly,” Simon added.
So, if the anomalous dimming isn’t caused by planets or comets, what else could it be? Is it possible that after all, we may have spotted a massive alien megastructure? According to researchers, chances are small as the strange dimming could also be caused by an unknown physical phenomenon we are yet to understand.