‘Alien Megastructure’ Mystery May Soon Be Solved

Artist's illustration of NASA's Kepler space telescope, which observed that the star KIC 8462852 dimmed dramatically numerous times between 2009 and 2013.  Credit: NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T Pyle

Artist’s illustration of NASA’s Kepler space telescope, which observed that the star KIC 8462852 dimmed dramatically numerous times between 2009 and 2013.
Credit: NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T Pyle

Astronomers say the mystery of the “alien megastructure” surrounding the star, KIC 8462852, may soon be solved.

KIC 8462852’s brightness has dimmed several times over the past few years, “dropping in brightness by up to 22 percent.” Could an alien megastructure be the cause?

Well astronomers are prepared for the next dimming.

Mike Wall via Space.com:

“As long as one of those events occurs again, we should be able to catch it in the act, and then we’ll definitely be able to figure out what we’re seeing,” said Jason Wright, an astronomer at Pennsylvania State University.

“The simplest measurements we can take — just looking in different wavelengths [of light] — should rule out, or suggest, alien megastructures right away,” Wright told Space.com.

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