The most mysterious star in the universe is without a doubt KIC 8462852, or Tabby’s Star as it has been referred to by researchers. According to many, it is there where a humongous alien megastructure is located, causing anomalous dips in the light, which have been registered by astronomers around the globe. Now, thanks to a Kickstarter campaign, astronomers will be able to study the star and the enigmatic dips in light for one year in order to get to the bottom of the mystery.
But are these dips in light caused really by super-duper advanced aliens?
Well, we are about to find out as astronomers have raised a staggering 100,000 dollars via Kickstarter to observe the enigmatic star with detail.
As you could probably already imagine, professional astronomical observations ARENT cheap. Telescope time is not that available and when it is, it doest come cheap. This is why astronomers are really excited after raising over 100,000 dollars with the ongoing Kickstarter campaign; which will allow them to detailedly monitor the star officially called KIC 8462852, also known as Tabby’s Star for astronomer Tabetha Boyajian of Yale.
Among many astronomers, Boyajian and her colleagues believe that there is a possibility (however small) that this star might be surrounded by some sort of highly advanced alien megastructures, created in order to harvest the energy from the star around it.
On June 16, Boyajian wrote:
„Y’all are amazing! WE DID IT!
… Every single penny raised over the $100,000 goal will go to observing the star longer than the one year planned in the project’s description. In fact, the longer we can extend the observational monitoring of the star, better the chance we have at catching it when it dips and catching it in a dip is critically important to understanding and characterizing what is happening in this system!“
Boyajian and her colleagues plan to buy ‘telescope time’ on a number of smaller telescopes around the globe, which will allow them to properly monitor the Star and everything around it for a period of over one year. The length of the project may increase if more funds are gathered by their Kickstarter campaign.
What’s going on at KIC 8462852 really? Well, astronomers don’t really know, that’s why they launched this kickstarted campaign, hoping it will allow them to get to the bottom of the star’s strange fluctuations or dips. The anomalies were first detected in citizen scientist observations in the Planet Hunters project with data from the Kepler Spacecraft.
Curiously the star’s light dips a LOT and RANDOMLY, suggesting that there is something around it which blocks its light.
However, alien megastructures aren’t the only theory that could explain the anomalous dips in light.
Even Theoretical Physicist Michio Kaku believes that the potential megastructure around the mystery star could be “the biggest story in the past five-hundred years!”
According to Dr. Kaku, “this star is breaking all the rules” and “we would have to rewrite astronomy textbooks” to think anything different.
“Basically, if a planet eclipses a Mother Star, goes in front of the Mother Star, Starlight drops maybe one percent at maximum–however starlight has been dropping at twenty-two percent,” said Dr. Kaku explained in an interview.
“There is a colossal, humongous, object of some sort blocking the starlight from this star. We’ve ruled out all of the usual suspects; rouge planets, comets, asteroids and the only thing left is an ‘alien superstructure’ of some type.”
“We’re talking about what’s called a Type Two Civilization that could build a gigantic [Dyson Sphere] sphere possibly bigger than Jupiter to absorb starlight, to produce energy and is right out of science fiction,” added Dr. Kaku.
The mystery surrounding the anomalous dimming of KIC 8462852 got even bigger when a Louisiana State University astronomer released a study in January announcing that the brightness of Tabby’s star had dimmed by 20 percent over the last one hundred years –suggesting that a natural explanation could not be applied, and that it is consistent with the idea that an advanced extraterrestrial race was gradually converting material in the solar system of KIC 8462852 into a humongous megastructure that has been absorbing energy from the star for more than a century. Interestingly, this study has been accepted for publication the peer-reviewed Astrophysical Journal.
So, now that researchers have raised $106,541, they are able to study the star for a period of over a year which will help them understand what is causing the enigmatic dips in the light of Tabby’s star.