It s extremely unlikely, but astronomers promised to get to the bottom of the cosmic mystery, and they need our help.
More specifically, they need our money.
In order to figure out why KIC 8452852 flickers and fades at irregular intervals — presenting unprecedented stellar behaviour that has left scientists scratching their heads and the rest of us praying for alien deliverance — we need to watch the star more closely, and we need to catch it doing something weird.
KIC 8462852 was first flagged by citizen scientists as they trawled through the vast astronomical database collected by NASA s Kepler Space Telescope between 2009 and 2013.
As I wrote earlier this year:
When Kepler watched KIC 8462852 flicker several years back, it was only collecting white light—aggregating information across the visible spectrum.
But if it happened again, astronomers would be prepared to make precise measurements in a broader range of wavelengths.