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

Download the .mp3 audio file

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

Links:

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)

Credits:

Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: DJ Spooky


3 comments:

  1. it seems to me that the (relatively rapid) evolutionary processes that produce a highly intelligent radio-level or beyond species/civilization do not work in favor of also producing species with hard-wired inhibitions against exterminating their own kind. The latter simply takes too long, and the substitutes for hard-wiring - religion, law, etc. - don't work very well. At the initial end of the filter-sequence, it's also likely that it's much more difficult to produce primitive life from organic chemistry than most of us imagine. Something like a ratio whose numerator is 1 and denominator is infinity-1. So there's just not that much high tech going on at any given time...in our galaxy or any other. I enjoy Seth's jokes though, even if it's the same ones over and over again.

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