Ever since the Kepler space telescope captured a series of random-seeming dips from a certain mysterious star designated KIC 8462852, astronomers and the public alike have been baffled by its behavior.

Then, following the end of the main Kepler mission, the star went quiet.

Now, at long last, the star has begun a steep decline in brightness — it’s already 2% dimmer after a single night of observation — and telescopes all over the world are at the ready.

For the first time, astronomers are catching Tabby’s star in the act, and that means the mystery of what causes the star to dip and dim in brightness may soon be solved.

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