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Frontiers of Astronomy

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Presented by Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Case Western Reserve University at Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland OH

Dec 05 2019
Frontiers of Astronomy

Planet Hunters and the Most Mysterious Star in the Galaxy

Data collected during the NASA Kepler Mission, whose primary goal was to find transiting planets, produced four-year-long, ultra-precise light curves for over 150,000 stars. One such star, called KIC 8462852, was observed by citizen scientists to undergo unusual variations in brightness. Theories about these variations abound, though satisfactory explanations of the star’s unusual light curve have remained elusive.  Dr. Tabetha Boyajian will describe the discovery of those fluctuations,

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