Flash Class: A Very Weird Star - Scientists aren't yet saying it's not aliens!

Jennifer Carter will discuss KIC 8462852, a star approximately 1,300 light years from Earth, which has been demonstrating a really-peculiar dimming signal.  The star’s unusual brightness fluctuations were first observed by citizen scientists participating in the web-based Planet Hunters project.  Follow-up observations by astronomer Tabetha Boyajian and others have eliminated many possible explanations.  But one explanation still in the running is the possibility that these fluctuations are caused by a Dyson Swarm…a hypothetical megastructure constructed by exterritorial intelligence that would harness all or most of the energy from a host star to power an advanced civilization.