Planet hunters and the case for the most mysterious star in the galaxy

Submitted by iherna13 on July 5, 2017 - 1:36pm

Abstract: The NASA Kepler Mission provided 4 year long, ultra precise light curves for over 150,000 stars - in hopes to find the sign of transiting planets. In Kepler's field of view was KIC 8462852, a star that citizen scientists identified this star to have unusual, random patters in its light curve.  I will talk about the discovery, recent developments, and future work planed to study this star.  


Biography: Dr. Tabetha Boyajian earned her PhD from Georgia State University. She continued her research at GSU as a Hubble Fellow, and at Yale University as a postdoctoral fellow. She is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Louisiana State University. Her interests include both observational and theoretical fundamental stellar astrophysics, exoplanet detection and characterization, and citizen science. More recently she has been studying a class of stars called 'dippers' - with emphasis on a particularly unique member: KIC 8462852.

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Tabetha Boyajian
Louisiana State University
Paul Davies