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New Results Quash ‘Alien Megastructure’ Theory of Mysterious Dimming Star

The results are now in after a year-long, crowdfunded investigation into the star KIC 8462852, and to hardly anyone’s surprise, the strange dimming produced by this star doesn’t appear to be caused by an alien megastructure. That said, astronomers are now significantly closer to knowing the true reasons for the star’s odd behaviour. Read More >>

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This May Be the Best Explanation Yet For That Mysterious ‘Alien Megastructure’

A new paper from Columbia University suggests that Tabby’s star—the celestial object voted most likely to host an alien megastructure—is acting weirdly because it recently annihilated an entire planet, and the shattered remains of that planet are now producing strange flickering effects. It’s probably the best theory we’ve heard so far. Read More >>

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This Might Be Our Best Shot at Finding That ‘Alien Megastructure’ 

Since it was first suggested that the flickering star known as KIC 8462852 might be a Dyson Sphere, telescope-toting astronomers associated with the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) have been scouring the system for signs of aliens. Now, the most well-funded SETI program on Earth—UC Berkeley’s Breakthrough Listen—is getting in on the hunt, too. Read More >>

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What Is an Alien Megastructure, Anyway?

“Alien megastructure” is one of those cool-sounding phrases that inspires thoughts of far-off worlds populated with little green creatures. But what exactly is it? Read More >>

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The So-Called Alien Megastructure Just Got Even More Mysterious

Last fall, a little-known star called KIC 8462852 became our planetary obsession when astronomers said that its erratic flickering could be the result of an alien megastructure. Further observation of Tabby’s Star yielded no signs of aliens, but the sudden dips in luminosity continue to defy explanation. Now, things just got a bit weirder. Read More >>

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We Might Finally Solve the ‘Alien Megastructure’ Mystery

Good news alien hunters! A Kickstarter to fund a year-long investigation into KIC 8462852—the star voted most likely to harbour an advanced alien civilisation—just got funded. Alien megastructure or not, we may finally get to the bottom of this bewildering, flickering star. Read More >>

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Here’s Your Chance to Help Astronomers Discover an Alien Megastructure

Has an advanced alien civilisation built a mind-boggling megastructure around the distant star KIC 8462852? It’s extremely unlikely, but astronomers promised to get to the bottom of the cosmic mystery, and they need our help. Read More >>

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Flawed Data Just Made That ‘Alien Megastructure’ Even More Unlikely

Remember all that fuss last year about the supposed discovery of an alien megastructure? A new study is taking issue with some of the data used in support of the theory, claiming that the observations were tarnished by the inconsistent use of telescopes down here on Earth. Read More >>

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That ‘Alien Megastructure’ May Actually Be a Swarm of Cometary Fragments

An oddly dimming star located 1,500 light-years from Earth is causing all sorts of commotion in the scientific community, leading some to speculate that it may be an of alien megastructure. A new analysis of infrared data suggests a more natural explanation. Read More >>

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What are the Odds of an Alien Megastructure Blocking Light From a Distant Star?

A strange star located 1,500 light-years from Earth is exhibiting strange flickering behaviour that’s leading some scientists to speculate that an alien megastructure is blocking the light. But what would such a structure be exactly and how likely is it that the Kepler space telescope has actually spotted one? Read More >>