Unusual behavior of a star has left scientists speechless. Scientists are still unable to explain strange dimming at distant star.
So far, no one has been able to understand or explain what’s causing the star to ‘lose’ around 20% of its light.
The Star made headlines around the world when Jason Wright, an astronomer at Pennsylvania State University, suggested that it could be surrounded by some type of alien megastructure. Quickly dismissed, Wrights theory was rejected when astronomers proposed that a more logical –yet less exciting—reason behind the stars dimming could, in fact, be a swarm of comets.
However, after tedious studies and calculations, scientists aren’t sure what to think as its nearly impossible for comets to cause the strange dimming around Tabby’s star.
Bradly Shaefer, an astronomer at the Louisiana State University has studied the history of the star looking at old photographic plates, hoping that these could shed more ‘light’ onto the mysterious dimming around the star.
Unlike many other astronomers, Boyajian does not reject the idea of Alien megastructures causing the dimming of the star.
Even though SETI turned their telescopes towards the star, they have come up empty-handed in their search. This, however, doesn’t mean aliens aren’t there, it might just be that we don’t have the technology to see or hear them in outer space.
Phil Plait said „Aliens would need to build a minimum of 750 billion square kilometers (290 billion square miles) of solar panels to account for the 20 percent drop in their star’s brightness. “That’s 1,500 times the area of the entire Earth.“