|Within our own galaxy, some astronomers believe there may be a massive piece of alien technology, built to harvest energy from a distant star. The star, KIC 8462852, also known as Tabby’s Star, exhibits strange behavior, flickering and dimming,|
that can’t be explained by any known astronomical phenomena. A new, unpublished study posted to arXiv, reports the results of studying images of the star from the Kepler Telescope over the past four years. The paper shows shocking results: the star’s luminosity varied, sometimes dipping by 20% over the course of the study period. Even more perplexingly, its total luminosity, or flux, diminished by 4% overall over that time.
“The part that really surprised me was just how rapid and non-linear [the dimming] was,” study author Ben Montet of Caltech told Gizmodo. “We spent a long time trying to convince ourselves this wasn’t real. We just weren’t able to.”