The newly found star is even STRANGER than the first star. Scientists explain that over 78.8 days of observations, the ‘SECOND DYSON SPHERE STAR’ displayed irregular dimming of up to 65 percent for around 25 consecutive days. A planet orbiting a star will cause it to dim just 1 percent, so what could possibly be big enough to cause a dimming of 65 percent?
Almost a year ago, researchers exploring the universe made an unprecedented discovery as they found a star with strange dips in its brightness which has led many to speculate about the existence of a so-called ‘Dyson Sphere’ Alien Megastructures that could be blocking some of the light from the star.
A Dyson Sphere is a hypothetical megastructure that encompasses a star which would allow a highly advanced civilization –Type II according to the Kardashev Scale— to take advantage of the energy of the sun.
Anyway, along with the irregular fluctuations in brightness which NO ONE has been able to explain, scientists recently found out that the star dimmed around 20 percent over the course of the century, adding fuel to the mystery surrounding KIC 8462852 or ‘Tabby’s star.’
Ever since the discovery, scientists around the globe are trying to debunk as best as they can the Alien megastructure theory.
Now, in a new explanation, an astrophysicist has presented a new scenario that may explain the curious light fluctuations. His guess; It wasn’t aliens.
According to the ‘NOT ALIENS’ theory, the astrophysicist describes how the enigmatic DYSON SPHERE star may in fact be in a ‘newly discovered stage of evolution’ where naturally occurring phenomenon explain the strange fluctuations in the star’s brightness.
Astrophysicist Ethan Siegel, writing for Forbes’ Starts With a Bang indicates that KIC 8462852 may be surrounded not by a massive alien megastructure, but by a protoplanetary disk that oriented ‘edge-on’ in relation to our viewpoint.
Researchers know that these disks emit infrared light, but the alignment would make the radiation invisible to us.
The age of the star is another thing in question. While many argue that the curious star may be hundreds of millions of years old, others have claimed that the star may be much younger.
‘Young Stellar Objects (YSOs) are known to have the large flux dips that this weird star has, and they’ve recently been shown to come in a variety of inclination angles,’ Siegel notes.
Hmm, when you think about it, he may be onto something here.
And while people are eagerly waiting for scientists to tell them what the fuzz is all about, astronomers have found ANOTHER star which could also have a massive Alien Megastructure encompassing it.
Experts point to a new study and observations of EPIC 204278916. Researchers indicate that in a period of over 78.8 days of observations, EPIC 204278916 displayed irregular dimming of up to 65 percent for around 25 consecutive days.
As we mentioned previously, something massive as a planet orbiting a star like EPIC 204278916 would make its brightness dim just 1 percent, so what in the universe could be orbiting the star to cause a dimming of 65 percent?
“Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider, but this looked like something you would expect an alien civilisation to build,” Jason Wright, an astronomer at Penn State University, told The Atlantic at the time of the discovery.
Scientists are hanging onto two explanations: One of the theories is that we are looking at an inner warped disk transiting circumstellar clumps in circular orbits, and the other one suggest that there is a cometary-like debris which follows an eccentric orbit around the star.
Aliens are well… not an option somehow.
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