Scientists aren’t at odds when it comes to something strange going on around a star called KIC 8462852, on this they agree. This anomaly was first thought to be an “alien megastructure” orbiting the star, but that’s not the front-runner in theories today. Most involved in researching this star believe something out of the ordinary is happening. What they are debating is just what this strange occurrence is that they’ve discovered light years away in the orbit of this star.
When this was first discovered in October, UFO and alien enthusiasts were pleased to hear it could quite possibly some type of “alien megastructure.” The Kepler telescope picked up an anomaly around this one star that had something in its orbit, but it wasn’t what a planet would normally look like through this powerful scope.
Scientists use the Kepler telescope to monitor light fluctuation around stars and by doing this they are able to pinpoint the stars with a planet or planets in its orbit. By charting these light fluctuations, they are able to see the orbit of a planet around that star, which is much like our sun with the planets in its orbit.
According to Tech Times on November 26, the “majority of stars found by the Kepler telescope, which monitors light fluctuations to determine planets traveling in front of distant suns, do not exhibit the same irregular dimming that KIC 8462852 presents.”
The Morning Ticker explains this in layman’s terms: “The star first caught the eye of scientists back in October, because it was blinking in a strange fashion. Instead of dimming in a regular pattern as it would if planets were passing in front of it, it was doing so irregularly.” This started the alien theories to bubble up and since October, the alien enthusiasts saw this as a possibility of alien life in the universe.
This discovery brought great news to folks who have been searching for signs of life, like the members of The Search for Extraterrestrial Institute (SETI). Scientists took a closer look and now a new study from Iowa University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology suggests that “researchers found that the most acceptable explanation for the unusual dimming of KIC 8462852 is the destruction of a cluster of comets.”
Scientists do not believe that this is an “alien megastructure” as originally thought, but a swarm of comets that gave off the fluctuation of the light. They also believe that this is the most feasible scenario so far, but nothing is written in stone here. Both the comet swarm and the alien megastructure are just theories, so there is always an outside chance that the megastructure theory will one day ring true, or not!