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The 'alien megastructure' star continues to defy explanation

August 11, 2016

The star KIC 8462852 sits 1,480 light years away in the constellation Cygnus. It’s an unassuming object at first glance, but it became a hot topic in astronomy last year when data from the planet-hunting Kepler telescope showed something causing fluctuations in the light coming from KIC 8462852 (nicknamed Tabby’s Star, after the astronomer who led the original team).