Mystery of 'alien megastructure' is baffling scientists

By Patrick Jones, Buzz60

Scientists are digging deep into their creative sides to figure out the mystery of Boyajian's star.

The rapidly dimming star has dimmed dramatically over the past seven years, once by as much as 22%.

But the dimming is too great to be caused by an orbiting planet, so scientists are getting creative with other possible explanations.

Right now the leading theory is that the dimming is caused by an interstellar cloud passing between earth and the star

However, even that theory is shaky.

Jason Wright, an astronomer from Penn State, says "that would have to be some crazy interstellar cloud," adding, "I think it's very likely we haven't heard the right answer yet."

If they need new options they should start asking kids, that's where real creativity lives.

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