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The solution to the ‘alien megastructure’ star now has a new explanation which, of course, does not involve a Romulan or Klingon power gathering structure. To refresh your mind about what all this ‘alien megastructure’ business is, back in October 2015, scientists discovered a strange pattern of light surrounding a distant star called KIC 8462852, unlike anything seen before. Comet swarms and interstellar debris have been debunked as well as other natural phenomenon for explaining this extreme dimming.
A suggestion from Penn State Astronomer Jason Wright from the realm of science fiction was a gigantic Dyson Sphere made of solar panels that completely encircles the star. However, “Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider, but this looked like something you would expect an alien civilisation to build,” he told The Atlantic last year.
But no other explanation has held up until now, so the alien megastructure myth has persisted. Now a team from the University of Illinois says we may have been looking at the problem the wrong way, and should seek answers not from what may be orbiting the star, but from within the star…
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