Tabby’s Star dims again


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Scientists studying Tabby’s Star have revealed that it suddenly dimmed last week, the most since 2013, and then just as quickly returned almost to normal.

The latest dimming event started with a slow decline and ended with a rapid increase in brightness, Boyajian and her team wrote on their blog. Dust from a backward comet tail and then larger chunks from the broken-up body would explain that uneven pattern.

At this time the evidence clearly points not to alien megastructures but to clouds of fine dust whose structure and origin remain puzzling.

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One comment

  • Ryan Lawson

    Thoughts on extra solar objects and rogue stars make me wonder if it is possible Tabby’s Star is passing through a debris field of some other stellar object and it is generating a swarm of head on impacts that are both highly energetic and random. I recall mentions of our own solar system going through a bombardment stage at some point a couple billion years ago with tidal disruption of asteroids/comets being the best explanation.

    If everything in the Tabby system is orbiting in the same general direction I would not expect so much activity of the scale they seem to be seeing.

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