|Manu||Date: Tuesday, 11-October-2016, 11:17 PM | Message # 1|
|Alien megastructure? Flickering star KIC 8462852 won’t give up its dark secret|
A MYSTERIOUSLY pulsing star just keeps getting more mysterious. Giant clouds of comets? Enormous alien solar panels? A year after its discovery, new evidence still doesn’t add up.
A new paper published to the open source science journal arXiv has scoured all the data recorded by the Kepler space telescope since it was launched in 2009 for any trace of KIC 8462852.
The star — and its strange behaviour — began to be captured by Kepler’s high-precision imaging from 2011.
The study shows it has dimmed overall by a startling degree over the four years it was in the space telescope’s field of view.
This is over and above the huge — but short lived — dips in the star’s light detected in 2011 and 2013.
How a star could dim so fast, yet alone ‘pulse’ in an erratic, non-predictable way, remains a mystery.
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