Last week, astronomers were called in to try to figure out what is happening with a star, scientifically called KIC 8462852.
But this is the first time astronomers have been able to watch the dimming "live" - and so astronomers (and alien fans) around the world are tuning in. So far, this pattern of behavior is similar to the events detected by Kepler, scientists said, so it's possible that the dimming is caused by a single object repeatedly crossing in front of the star.
Discovered by the NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, the KIC 8462852 has had scientists propose many theories to explain odd irregularities in its brightness, with one speculation being that the changes in brightness could be signs of activity associated with intelligent extraterrestrial life constructing a Dyson swarm.
But the teeny, tiny incredibly unlikely possibility that something is out there means that astronomers can't stop talking about Tabby's Star. The history of science is rife with examples of phenomena that looked like evidence of extraterrestrials but turned out to be something much more mundane. Even more interesting, the timing of the present dip suggests that whatever this material is, it is situated at just the right distance from the star to be in the "habitable zone", where we believe that life like ours could develop as it has on Earth.
The team is particularly interested in looking at the star in various wavelengths.
The weird darkening and gleaming of the star, first found in 2011, implies something is going on there.
"We would really hate to go to that, because that's a pretty major thing".
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They now hope the recent dimming of the star could help them explain reason behind its fluctuation. The dips in 2016 also happened in clusters, so more could be on the way.
Jason Wright, Associate Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Penn State, broke the news on Twitter, urging amateur and professional astronomers to point their telescopes towards Tabby's star and to provide spectra results for further analysis. In the Kepler data where the dip was first discovered, an episode of multiple dips in the span of several weeks was observed.
But what would support the theory of a vast alien construction project?
Breakthrough and the Berkeley center are now trying to get some observing time on the Green Bank radio telescope in West Virginia, according to Siemion.
In fact, Tabby's star is so unusual that none of the regular explanations can describe it.
Two years ago, Boyajian - now an astrophysicist at Louisiana State University - analyzed month's-old data from NASA's Kepler telescope, which has its eye trained on thousands of stars in a specific part of the universe.
"A physical interpretation of what's going on will take more work", Boyajian said.