Could the cause of the dimming NOT be because of eclispsing material?
When I first read about the mystery of Epsilon Aurigae, and then read the theory about the eclipsing disk of material, it seemed kind of strange to me. A huge ring of material, not quite edge on to earth's line of sight, that is hollowed out in the middle a little bit, and might have two white dwarfs in the middle, none of which can be spotted in any telescopes from earth. Isn't that kind of an elaborate theory to fit the observations? I'm not an expert in this, just an interested amateur, but could Epsilon Aurigae be a type of variable star, maybe similar to a Cephied variable? Or maybe a variable that is in a stage in its life where it is going through some changes we just don't understand yet? Finally, I was wondering if the Hubble Space Telescope ever viewed Epsilon Aurigae.