The unusual patterns observed coming from a distant star might actually be the result of a large construction project by an extraterrestrial civilization, scientists believe.

It wasn’t the first theory, a story in The Atlantic notes.

The pattern could be caused by a natural phenomenon, but the odds are, well, astronomical.

“We’d never seen anything like this star,” Yale postdoctoral student Tabetha Boyajian told The Atlantic. “It was really weird. We thought it might be bad data or movement on the spacecraft, but everything checked out.”

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