Monday, February 18, 2019

Burst 32 - Become a Boyajian's Star Scientist in Your Spare Time

Released: 18 February 2019
Duration: 6 minutes, 48 seconds

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Paul Carr summarizes why we want to know more about this star, and how you can get involved.


The Most Mysterious Star in the Universe (Tabby's TED Talk)
Tabby's Star for the Perplexed, Part 1
The Slow and Fast Dimming of Tabby's Star (Brad Schaefer)
Ben Montet Makes a Star Weirder

The KIC8462852_Analysis subreddit

The script for this episode (Creative Commons)


Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: DJ Spooky


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