Is the flickering of a far-away star caused by comets or aliens? (It’s probably not aliens.)

NASA’s Kepler space telescope was launched in March 2009 with the goal of discovering Earth-like exoplanets. It also may have found something altogether more surprising. Citizen scientists of the Planet Hunters project, who are involved in visually analyzing the Kepler data, flagged up the star KIC 8462852. Extraordinarily, the recorded light emission curves of the... Read More »

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