After 2 years of hiatus, Tabby’s star popularly known as “alien megastructure star” is now dimming and flickering again.
This strange phenomenon has gotten the attention of astronomers all over the world after telescope observations detected unusual light patterns. One of the possible explanations put forward is that there’s something passing in front of the star that has caused the dimming or flickering of it.
ALERT:@tsboyajian's star is dipping
This is not a drill.
Astro tweeps on telescopes in the next 48 hours: spectra please!
— Jason Wright (@Astro_Wright) May 19, 2017
The previous dimming/flickering of the ‘alien megastructure star’ were classified in historic data and it is the first time that the star has flickered in real time.
KIC 8462852 or Tabby’s star lies 1,480 light years away in the Cygnus constellation.