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The Hunt Is on for Alien Megastructures

Scientists are scouring the sky for signs of these construction projects



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    An artists' rendering depicts a cloud of comets or remnants of a shattered planet that could explain the periodic dimming of KIC 8462852, or "Tabby's Star."

    Last year, a single star found fame.

    It consistently made headlines and even appeared on "Saturday Night Live" and "The Late Night Show with Stephen Colbert."

    The star (often referred to as Tabby's star) is located 1,200 light-years away toward the constellation Cygnus and has been inexplicably flickering and fading by such large amounts that it cannot be easily explained by natural causes.

    One astronomer has speculated that it's encased within a vast alien megastructure, and although scientists have yet to solve that particular stellar mystery, they are continuing to scour the sky in search of these colossal construction projects — both within and beyond our home galaxy.