Huge Star Mysteriously Disappears for 200 Days, Astronomers Suspect Massive 'Opaque' Object | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Huge Star Mysteriously Disappears for 200 Days, Astronomers Suspect Massive 'Opaque' Object

A new study published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society has shed some light on a mystery that's puzzled astronomers for the last decade. Back in 2012, an observed star bizarrely disappeared for 200 days before reemerging – fuelling a number of theories from scientists.

Although it's still not entirely clear what blotted out nearly all of the star’s light, astronomers suggest it may have been eclipsed by something massive, probably with a hard edge.

“It’s unusual for a star to dim in brightness by this much and for this long, and it immediately caught my eye as something unusual,” study author and an astronomer at the University of Cambridge Leigh Smith was cited by the National Geographic as saying.
Data obtained by the scientists suggested that whatever caused the blackout was something opaque, obscuring all visible wavelengths of light.

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