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New Data Debunks Alien Megastructure Theory on the ‘Most Mysterious Star in the Universe’

3 Jan 2018, 17:24 UTC
New Data Debunks Alien Megastructure Theory on the ‘Most Mysterious Star in the Universe’ LCO

A team of more than 100 researchers, led by LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy Assistant Professor Tabetha Boyajian, is one step closer to solving the mystery behind the “most mysterious star in the universe.” KIC 8462852, or “Tabby’s Star,” nicknamed after Boyajian, is otherwise an average star. It is about 50 percent bigger and 1,000 degrees hotter than the Sun. It is more than 1,000 light years away. However, it has been inexplicably dimming and brightening sporadically like no other. Several theories abound to explain the star’s unusual light patterns including an alien megastructure orbiting the star.

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