Dimming the View

Or, why’d you build there.

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The things NASA’s Kepler sees are breathtaking and often bewildering, and this will likely cover both no matter how it turns out.

So, Kepler has been peeping at star KIC 8462852 for a while now, no it doesn’t seem so exciting with the name but trust me we’ll get here. Over this time between 2009 to 2013, its seeing a significant dimming of almost a quarter.Now this might not be unusual in a forming system but this star system is too old for that and thing is, there’s not too much else that can cause a drop like this. There’s a bunch of optical telescopes trained on it waiting for it to repeat and then the spectrographs will swing into action and analyse things hopefully whittling down what few options we can think of. Oh and the most likely left are a swarm of exocomets or well, the aliens have a megastructure of some sort. Gads, lets hope its not an outlet mall!

Boo,

we’ll be back in a few.

(Photo from NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T Pyle with original article at http://www.space.com/30948-dimming-star-alien-megastructure-mystery.html .)

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