Scientists studying the bizarre Tabby's Star have just stumbled upon the truth of why it is exhibiting such strange behavior.
Are aliens behind a strange, distance star known as KIC 84622852? A new study released by researchers at Columbia University and UC Berkeley has come to the conclusion that it’s not an alien megastructure that’s responsible for the strange sudden dimming of the planet, but rather because the star ate up a planet about 10,000 years ago.
The study, published this week in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, determined that a star gobbling up one of its own planets would create effects similar to that of what scientists have seen with this star. KIC 84622852 had captivated scientists for the last 18 months, with many wild theories being proposed including the idea that an alien megastructure is causing the sudden dimming of 14 percent of the star’s brightness between 1890 and 1989. The star also dipped in bright ness by as much as 22 percent over just a period of two days based on observations from the Kepler space telescope.
Other had proposed that a large group of comets were orbiting the planet, and other more plausible scientific explanations. But this study aims to put them all to bed, and unfortunately dash our hopes for an alien discovery.