An old star at the Milky Way triggered a celestial investigation after astronomers were confused noting that something seemed to be blocking them from our view. Possible explanations range from alien megastructures to space dust.
The strange flick of the VVV-WIT-07 star has baffled scientists since it was first discovered by a team of astronomers in 2012. The researchers observed stars through the VISTA telescope in Chile and saw it fade for 11 days before it seemed to fade. almost nothing during the following month.
Roberto Saito from the Federal University of Santa Catarina first saw the star, and the team's findings were recently published in the Royal Astronomical Society Monthly Notice.
This mysterious dimming of stars shows that an object might have blocked it and provided a mystery to confused astronomers who could not explain what caused the real eclipse.
"The area must be more than one million kilometers, and it is very dense to be able to block a lot of starlight," astrophysicist Eric Mamajek told Scientific American. Mamajek found the famous J1407 star which is believed to be obscured by planet-sized objects with rings 200 times larger than Saturn.
Saito's research drew a comparison between VVV-WIT-07 and J1407, and Tabby & # 39; s Star.
Tabby & # 39; s Star, or KIC 8462852, has a long-inspired theory that the light is being dimmed by a foreign megastructure orbiting it. In March, new data collected on stars suggests dimming might be caused by dust, because different colors are being blocked at different intensities.
While the flicker effect observed at VVV-WIT-07 may be caused by a kind of space dust cluster, no one has been ruled out. Astronomers will continue to observe celestial objects in the hope of gathering more information about it and mysterious objects that block its light.
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