The Secrets Of Tabby’s Star To Be Solved
Since the discovery of Tabby’s star, late last year, potential explanations including comets, distortion, and space debris have been offered but with lack of scientific evidence, none have been confirmed.
Now, a crowdfunding campaign has met its goal in raising over $100,000, which will be used to support a year-long study into KIC 8462852, analyzing the star’s luminosity with the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network.
Started by Yale astronomer Tabby Boyajian last month, the kickstarter was created in an attempt to get the answers to this mysterious “alien megastructure” and hope to identify if the star is engulfed by an artificial structure called a Dyson sphere, which could theoretically absorb energy from the star for an extraterrestrial civilization.
NASA’s Kepler telescope made the remarkable observation of a star 1,500 light-years from Earth, and by measuring the dimming of the light around it, scientists found that there was something odd circling the planet.
“However, even if the Dyson sphere theory turns out to be true, that doesn’t necessarily mean we will have found life.” said researchers “Given the distance of the star, it will have taken 1,500 years for the light to reach Earth, meaning that we can only observe the star as it was 1,500 years ago, meaning the civilization could be long gone, or it could be even more advanced than we could possibly imagine.”