Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Episode 28 - Tabby's Star for the Perplexed, part 3

Released: 6 April 2016
Duration: 43 minutes, 45 seconds
Thread: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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Tabetha "Tabby" Boyajian
In Tabbys' Star for the Perplexed Part 1, we explained why KIC 8462852 is a puzzling star. In Part 2, we talked
about some of the explanations put forth and their weaknesses. In the third and last (for now) part of the series, we talk to Tabby herself, and she answers several reasonably informed questions about her team's work, past, present and future.
  • Introduction
  • Interview with Yale's Tabetha "Tabby" Boyajian concerning KIC 8462852
  • Frequently Asked Questions on Tabby's Star
  • Some of the better speculative solutions
  • Wrap up
  • Thanking Patreon Subscribers
  • Nagging, Begging
  • We want to hear from you
  • Outro


Boyajian, et. al., Planet Hunters IX: KIC 8462852 - Where's the Flux?
Tabby's Star for the Perplexed (blog post)
Tabby's Star for the Perplexed, Part 1
Tabby's Star for the Perplexed, Part 2
The Most Mysterious Star in the Universe

KIC 8462852 Facebook Page

Schaefer, KIC 8462852 Faded at an Average Rate of 0.165 +/- 0.014 Magnitudes Per Century from 1890 to 1989.
The Swift Mission
Planet Hunters

KIC8462852 Subreddit
Centauri Dreams
The Unseen Podcast: I'm not saying it was aliens, but...



Host and Producer: Paul Carr
VO: Erin Carr
Music: DJ Spooky and Sleep Research Facility

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  1. A great episode, I truly enjoyed the interview with Dr. Tabetha Boyajian.

  2. I have published a brief astronomy article about a dimming star: "KIC 8462852 Solved"

  3. Nice twist to have Tabby on in the flesh!

    1. It wasn't easy getting here - she's a very busy working mom.