The former alien megastructure star gains an even weirder explanation as scientists believe to have found an explanation for its bizarre behavior.
KIC 8462852 is a star spotted by the Kepler Space Telescope. It was detected back in 2015 by Tabetha Boyajian. The Yale researcher noted the star’s unusual behavior.
More exactly, its lighting. Boyajian determined that the star was too dim. Its type and age did not explain its decreased luminosity degree. The fact that it dipped in brightness also did not help.
KIC 8462852 was nicknamed Tabby’s star. And theories about it were soon to follow. The former alien megastructure star was mostly believed to host said aliens.
Or more exactly, its blinking was believed to be alien activity. Others offered other explanations for the atypical lightning. Nearby comets and the surrounding cosmic dust were involved.
Still, the alien hypothesis was the longest to endure. However, scientists have proposed a new theory. And it may be even more bizarre. The team to propose the theory comes from more institutions. These are the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University.
A study on the matter will be released on Monday. It will be published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society journal. The paper will be titled as follows. “Secular dimming of KIC 8462852 following its consumption of a planet”.
The former alien megastructure planet was first spotted in 1890. And scientists noted the following. Tabby’s star dimmed by about 14 percent. This was registered over a 100 years period. The 1890 first image was compared to another one, from 1989.
And Tabby’s is even more confusing. Over a two-days period, its brightness dipped by 22 percent. Now, the new study proposes the following.
To put it simply, KIC 8462852 ate another star. The event is believed to have taken place some 10,000 back. According to the scientists, this would help explain the light fluctuation.
Tabby’s is believed to have proceeded to inspiral one or more planetary bodies. The process is extremely rare, even in space. It was mostly believed to be determined by the following. A fly-by comet could have pushed the planet from its orbit.
Still, the former alien megastructure star could have swallowed up another. Following the event, it’s brightness could increase. This rise would last some 200 to about 10,000 years. It would happen as the new host burns up the eaten planet.
Still, the process has a limited duration. As it ends, the host planet will go back to its original brightness levels. As such, Tabby’s star could be in its post-planet consumption stage. It could be dimming back to usual.
This theory could also explain its light fluctuations. The “eating” process could have been a messy one. More exactly, it could have left behind debris. This planet debris could be orbiting the former alien megastructure star. As such, they would be blocking its light periodically.
The current explanation may seem even weirder to some. However, it has been quite accepted. Jason Wright reportedly stated that it offers a plausible explanation. As it is, it could be one of the best ones. The paper especially offers credible merger explanations, according to him. Wright is a Penn State University astronomist.
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