25 jun. 2016

The Mystery Deepens in the Case of Fluctuating Star KIC 8462852

Last October, researchers with the Kepler Planet Hunters program announced the discovery of unusual patterns in the light output of a star indexed as KIC 8462852, patterns that could only be explained by massive objects in orbit around the star, blocking a significant portion of its light. While many theories were put forward to explain the phenomenon, ranging from proto-planetary debris to massive comets, all of the explanations failed to fit what was being observed -- except for the otherwise controversial idea that the light might be blocked by massive alien artifacts.

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