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In the meantime, we get to speculate, which is where the real fun is anyway, right?
Montet is equally sceptical that it could be a cloud of gas orbiting the star and causing the strange dimming, because events are being observed on various timescales that no single theory developed so far can explain. “There seems to be three timescales at which events are occurring,” he tells Astronomy Now. “There are the short events lasting a few days that were originally discovered by Boyajian’s group. Then there’s a very long term dimming that lasts for at least three years and might last for a century, and then there’s an intermediate effect that lasts for at least six months. Each one is really weird.”
Until then, KIC 8462852 will remain the most mysterious star in the Universe. Certainly such bizarre behaviour has never been observed on any other star before. For now, scientists attempting to figure out KIC 8462852 are keeping their options open – and yes, that includes alien megastructures too.
originally posted by: PrairieShepherd
a reply to: Jonjonj
Man, that has GOT to be IT!!
I'm certain that because of the human time travelers, humanity develops the technology to miniaturize the entire alien fleet upon atmospheric entry. Before they can conquer anyone they are accidentally swallowed by a small dog.
Can be explained with construction activity in periodic phases. Moreover, no other star till date shows such activity.
Just think about it. If you had the technological prowess to create a Dyson Sphere, then you wouldn't need it. A structure big enough to block out the Sun, would be too costly and use up too many resources and take too long to ever be useful.
In the meantime, we would remind you that it's very, very unlikely that this strange flickering star has anything to do with aliens (and is even more exciting if it doesn't - because, hello new space phenomena!). But we know you're not going to listen anyway, so go ahead and get the memes ready.