on the objects orbiting KIC 8462852 and the things they might be (part 4)

KIC 8462852 (or Tabby’s Star), the “most mysterious star in the Galaxy” is just becoming visible in the dawn sky after spending October-early May behind the Sun, and astronomical observations are starting up again as it becomes available to telescopes.¬†With them comes a new opportunity to get involved in the study of this fascinating object.

on the objects orbiting KIC 8462852 and the things they might be (Part 3)

The mystery of KIC 8462852 (or Tabby’s Star), the Kepler star with unusual structures apparently in orbit discovered by Yale’s Tabetha Boyajian, continues… I’ve covered it twice before, but practically every day a new paper appears on the astronomical preprint server examining one aspect of Tabby’s Star or another, all with the same intent: figure…

on the Kepler KIC 8462852 objects and things they might be (Part 2)

Back when I first posted about the star KIC 8463852*, the star many news sources decreed was hosting alien megastructures, I said that further work would need to be done to figure out just what those objects are.¬† Well, those studies are already coming in. The first two published follow-up studies make for an interesting…

On the Kepler KIC 8462852 objects and things they might be

There’s something strange going on in orbit of the Kepler star KIC 8462852. As has been extensively covered elsewhere, the star suffers from some unusual obscuring sources which do not have ready explanations. Of course, this has excited a great deal of speculation, ranging from everything from the reserved (Mysterious Star Leaves Scientists Wondering What’s…