Alien megastructure theory ‘crumbling’ as SETI finds no evidence for alien civilisation around unusual star

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Alien megastructure theory ‘crumbling’ as SETI finds no evidence for alien civilisation around unusual star

Artist's representation of a crumbling sphere built around a star.

Astronomers searching for laser signals have found no evidence that an extraterrestrial civilisation built a massive structure around the star KIC 8462852, according to Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) International.

The star KIC 8462852 baffled scientists by displaying large and irregular dips in brightness, far greater than is normally seen from stars orbited by planets.

Even a planet the size of Jupiter would only cause dimming of approximately 1 per cent, but KIC 8462852 was seen to dim by up to 22 per cent, SETI International said in a press release.

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Taken from full article on the ABC website.