KIC 8462852 and a megastructure

Astronomers have discovered a strange gigantic object whirling around a distant star, and they never seen anything like this.   Image credit Arxiv

KIC 8462852, located 1480 light-years from us, produced a series of bizarre light fluctuations, scientists cannot explain. A theory suggest that a megastructure is obscuring the light from it.



Are Aliens Building Structures Around KIC 8462852?

Tabetha Boyajian, a postdoc at Yale, told The Atlantic.

“We’d never seen anything like this star. It was really weird.

We thought it might be bad data or movement on the spacecraft, but everything checked out.

Over the duration of the Kepler mission, KIC 8462852 was observed to undergo irregularly shaped, aperiodic dips in flux down to below the 20% level.



The dipping activity can last for between 5 and 80 days.”

KIC 8462852 irregularly shaped, aperiodic dips in flux down to below the 20% level

Over the duration of the Kepler mission, KIC 8462852 was observed to undergo irregularly shaped, aperiodic dips in flux down to below the 20% level.   Image credit Arxiv

Over the duration of the Kepler mission, KIC 8462852 was observed to undergo irregularly
shaped, aperiodic dips in flux down to below the 20% level. The dipping activity can last for
between 5 and 80 days.We characterize the object with high-resolution spectroscopy, spectral
energy distribution fitting, and Fourier analyses of the Kepler light curve. We determine that
KIC 8462852 is a main-sequence F3 V/IV star, with a rotation period 0:88 d, that exhibits
no significant IR excess.



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