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The Tabby's Star Mystery Deepens

Posted January 19, 2016 9:49 AM by Bayes

Tabby's Star

KIC 8462852, known also as Tabby's star or the WTF star (Where's the Flux), is an F-type main-sequence star located in the constellation Cygnus, about 1,480 ly from Earth. Unusual light fluctuations of the star were discovered by citizen scientists as part of the Planet Hunters project. No suitable explanation has been put forth to date for the light fluctuations and new research has raised even more questions.

New research put forward by Bradley Schaefer shows an unusual and steady decline in output from Tabby's star since 1890. The paper can be found here.

Pretty cool mystery. I have a feeling this star will be studied pretty heavily over the next few years...

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01/20/2016 11:40 AM

The idea of a Tyson sphere to explain the steady decline in luminosity is really far fetched. It's probably something like a white dwarf that is cooling off. The variations could be matter spiraling in that gets super heated on the way in. The chances are extremely remote that any alien beings are involved.

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01/20/2016 12:16 PM

Yet another large luminous loss....

Http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/01/160109185001.htm

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01/20/2016 12:22 PM

A Tyson sphere, huh? What, does it punch the stars lights out? ..or just gnaw on its ear?

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01/20/2016 2:01 PM

I don't think Iron Mike has anything to do with it - it is a Dyson Sphere, as in Freeman Dyson.

Not saying that is what is going on here - just giving credit to the correct person for the original scientific concept. Note the italicized word - this was a pure fictional concept originally and probably still is. Fiction writers get no credit for scientific concepts.

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01/20/2016 2:17 PM

"....Fiction writers get no credit for scientific concepts...."

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That would be a shame. Give credit where credit is due. While art does imitate life, life also imitates art. After all, what is a hypothesis before it is tested, or an invention before it is realized? Just optimistic fiction.

Ever read Neuromancer? Gibson deserves at least a modicum of credit for his part in inspiring the development of the Web over which we are currently communicating.

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