Tabby’s Star is dimming again, but is it really aliens


Remember the case of the mysteriously dimming star called KIC 8462852 also known as Tabby’s Star after the person who discovered it. I wrote about this previously here and here if you need more back story.

It seems that the star is now dimming yet again which astronomers are scrambling to observe. Every telescope that is available on Earth right now is basically pointed at this star to try and see why it regularly dims in brightness.

I could go on about how its probably a case of comets or other old planetary system dust blocking out the light but the alien megastructure theory is far more interesting. This theory is that aliens have built a ‘Dyson Sphere’ around the star that is collecting Tabby’s energy which is causing it to dim. This however would taken technology far in advance to anything we could invent, even in the next 1,000 years probably so any alien race who have such technology is far beyond our comprehension. Stephen Hawking once said the below:

“We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach”

Imagine if it did turn out to be alien life, imagine if they caught us spying on them, and imagine if they came for us. More news on this as the boffins translate the data so stay tuned.

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