Jump to content


Tabby's Star dipping again


Recommended Posts

I'm excited, sure, but it's getting a bit wild out there: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/05/tabbys-star-alien-megastructure/527382/

I'd love it to be a dyson sphere, but we here know it isn't don't we.  Don't we?

I'm curious and excited about what it may actually be but I'm pretty sure it's not an alien megastructure.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I haven't formed much of an opinion yet, other than that of "alien mega-structures" being one of the least likely! There are early suggestions from recent data that dust is involved, but combined with the constant steady dimming over time, I'm leaning towards the idea that the star absorbed (or partly absorbed) another body, temporarily brightening it and also throwing debris everywhere.

Of course, nobody really knows until there's a lot more "caught in the act" data!

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

The amount of energy and material involved to build such vast structures such as Dyson type solar panels would be phenomenal, for a start they would have to be over 4 000 000 Km across!!!!! My money is on a natural cause such as in the post above.

Edited by reddoss
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue. By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.