Midnight In The Desert — Tabby's Star

Wed Dec 26 - Dr. Greg Matloff - Behold: Alien Megastructure

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Wed Dec 26 - Dr. Greg Matloff - Behold: Alien Megastructure

"That's no moon...it's a space station." Star Wars IV Could it be true? Dr. Greg Matloff will discuss his theory of how it is possible that the star named KIC 8462852 or commonly known as "Tabby's Star" is a structure built by an advanced Alien Race. gregmatloff.com BIO: Dr. Gregory Matloff is a leading expert in possibilities for interstellar propulsion, especially near-Sun solar sail trajectories that might enable interstellar travel. He is also a professor with the Physics Department of New York City College of Technology (CUNY), a consultant with NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, a Hayden Associate of the...

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The 'alien megastructure' star just set a new record by going really dark

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The 'alien megastructure' star just set a new record by going really dark

Once again, a distant star know for its bizarre, unexplained light fluctuations has kicked into action, this time dipping in brightness more dramatically than ever. KIC 8462852, also known as Tabby's Star or 'alien megastructure' star as we like to call it, has dimmed by at least 5 percent - maybe even as much as 10 percent, breaking the record for the deepest dip since the data collected by Kepler in 2011. The dimming started on March 16, dropping down 4 percent, before returning to normal, according to an observation blog run by Tabetha Boyajian, the Louisiana State University astrophysicist...

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That flickering 'alien megastructure' star is probably just dusty

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That flickering 'alien megastructure' star is probably just dusty

We'll admit that space dust is slightly less cool than an alien civilization. Three hundred and ninety parsecs away from Earth, a star dimmed in a weird way. Then it did it again. Astronomers wondered what the heck they were seeing, and speculation abounded, including the appealing possibility that it might be evidence of an alien megastructure. But now a closer look, published in Astrophysical Journal Letters and authored by over 200 researchers, finds that the star’s dimming is more likely dust than anything else. Large, solid objects (like a hypothetical alien megastructure) would have appeared opaque to our ground-based...

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How big would an 'alien megastructure' have to be?

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How big would an 'alien megastructure' have to be?

A bizarre flicker of light from space led to the discovery of a still-mysterious star called KIC 8462852, otherwise known as "Tabby's Star," "Boyajian's Star" or the star surrounded by an "alien megastructure." The star and its weird flicker have been generating headlines since 2015, when the object was first observed. That year, the Kepler Space Telescope, which trails Earth as the planet orbits the sun, was looking for Earth-like planets around thousands of stars when it spotted KIC 8462852. Ordinarily, a planet that passes in front of a star dims the light reaching Earth from that star, a small...

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The Puzzle of 'Tabby's Star': 9 NASA Explanations for Star's Odd Dimming

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The Puzzle of 'Tabby's Star': 9 NASA Explanations for Star's Odd Dimming

A bizarre cosmic object known as "Tabby's star" exhibits strange dips in brightness, and scientists can't seem to figure out exactly why.

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