NSN Webinar: Planet Hunters and the Most Mysterious Star in the Galaxy

NSN Webinar: Planet Hunters and the Most Mysterious Star in the Galaxy

  • Nighttime Event
  • Inside Venue
  • Target Audience
  • Teen, Adult
Image: Tabetha Boyajian and NASA / JPL-Caltech

NSN members joined  Dr. Tabetha Boyajian on July 18, 2018 for a fascinating webinar on the latest on the Kepler 2 mission, and the discovery of a mystery star. The recording is embedded below, and you can also find it on our YouTube channel..

The NASA Kepler Mission provided 4 year long, ultra precise light curves for over 150,000 stars -  with a primary science goal of finding transiting planets. In Kepler's field of view was KIC 8462852, a star that citizen scientists identified to have unusual, random patterns in its light curve.  Dr. Boyajian will talk about its discovery, recent developments, and future work planned to study this star.  

About Dr. Tabetha Boyajian
Tabetha "Tabby" Boyajian is an astronomer and astrophysicist on faculty at Louisiana State University. Boyajian is active in the astronomical fields of stellar interferometry, stellar spectroscopy, exoplanet research, and high angular resolution astronomy, all particularly at optical and infrared wavelengths. She was the lead author of the September 2015 paper "Where's the Flux?", which investigated the highly unusual light curve of KIC 8462852; the star is colloquially known as Tabby's Star in her honor.


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Last Updated: July 18, 2018

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NSN Webinar: Planet Hunters and the Most Mysterious Star in the Galaxy

Members of the NASA Night Sky Network joined us on July 18, 2018, when Dr. Tabetha Boyajian brought us up to date on the Kepler 2 mission, and the discovery and investigation of a mystery star. The NASA Kepler Mission provided four years of ultra precise light curves for over 150,000 stars - with a primary science goal of finding transiting planets. In Kepler's field of view was KIC 8462852, a star citizen scientists identified to have unusual, random patterns in its light curve. Dr. Boyajian talked about its discovery, recent developments, and future work planned to study this star.

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