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.    BIO: Dr. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘Alien Megastructure’ Ruled Out for Some of Star’s Weird Dimming

There’s a prosaic explanation for at least some of the weirdness of “Tabby’s star,” it would appear. The bizarre long-term dimming of Tabby’s star — also known as Boyajian’s star, or, more formally, KIC 8462852 — is likely caused by dust, not a giant network of solar panels or any other “megastructure” built by advanced […]

Is the “alien megastructure” around Tabby’s Star actually a ringed gas giant?

Ever since it was first seen to be undergoing strange and sudden dips in brightness (in October of 2015) astronomers have been speculating as to what could be causing this. Since that time, various explanations have been offered, including large asteroids, a large planet, a debris disc or even an alien megastructure. The latest suggestion […]

‘Alien megastructure’ star may host Saturn-like exoplanet

The “alien megastructure” star that has been puzzling us for the past few years might have a more ordinary explanation: an orbiting Saturn-like planet, complete with wobbling rings. In 2015, a group led by Tabetha Boyajian, then of Yale University, found that a star called KIC 8462852 had dimmed several times over a few years […]