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That weird ‘alien megastructure’ star is dimming again right now

Astronomers are scrambling to take measurements.
The weird light blips coming from this star might be caused by a family of comets or collision debris, but scientists don't really know.
Illustration of the star KIC 8462852 Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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Illustration of the star KIC 8462852

The weird light blips coming from this star might be caused by a family of comets or collision debris, but scientists don't really know.

NASA/JPL-Caltech

In late 2015, astronomers noticed something absurd happening around a distant star. Something massive seemed to be blocking as much as 20 percent of the star’s

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