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A Second Dyson Sphere?
ONCE you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth. There’s probably a hoard of things we haven’t
thought of eliminating yet, but it seems we may now have two stars being masked by alien megastructures.
‘Tabby’s Star’ — KIC 8462852 — exploded out of obscurity in October last year when an amateur group of astronomers noticed it was doing
something extremely odd.
It was flickering. Its brightness was changing by up to 22 per cent — a much greater degree than could be explained by any known possible cause. A
separate look back at over a century of data also appeared to show it having dimmed by about 20 per cent in total.
MYSTERY DEEPENS: ‘Tabby’s Star’ just doesn’t add up
Science fiction fans (among whom are more than a few astronomers) suddenly took note: This was supposed to be a hypothetical sign of a hyper-advanced
civilisation — one so desperate for power that it was encompassing its star in an array of solar panels.
Almost a year later, this highly improbable explanation is yet to be debunked.
And now it appears we may have found another.
Turns out the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Germany has been watching a star — named EPIC 204278916 — since 2014.
Like KIC 8462852, it falls within the field of view of NASA’s Kepler space telescope.
Like KIC 8462852, it’s been astonishing dips in the amount of light it has been casting our way.
And these ‘flickers’ are far more dramatic.
The team of astronomers led by Simone Scaringi say they have observed that, over a period of 78.8 days, EPIC 204278916’s light fluctuated
erratically by up to 65 per cent over 25 consecutive days.
Like ‘Tabby’s Star’, this simply does not make sense.
Blocking out that much starlight requires something enormous.
Anything smaller and closer would likely be immediately apparent as it passes between us and other nearby stars.
So what could it be?
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