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Post by Dragon Wed Feb 03, 2021 10:07 pm

KIC 8462852, a mysteriously dimming star located about 1,480 light-years away in the constellation of Cygnus, is, in fact, a binary stellar system, made up of a main-sequence F-type star and a smaller red dwarf star.

KIC 8462852, also known as Boyajian’s star or Tabby’s star, exhibits large, aperiodic dips in a variety of shapes, inconsistent with an exoplanet explanation.

There has been significant interest in this star, with many suggested explanations from interstellar clouds, to a swarm of exocomets orbiting the star, to circumstellar dust, to debris from a melting exomoon, to alien megastructures.

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Milky Way’s ‘Most Mysterious Star’ Has a Companion Image_9311-KIC-8462852AB
Image credit: Pearce et al., arXiv: 2101.06313.

Keck/NIRC2 adaptive optics image of KIC 8462852A, KIC 8462852B, and candidate companions (cc1 and cc2).

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Milky Way’s ‘Most Mysterious Star’ Has a Companion Image_3463_1-KIC-8462852
Image credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech.

An artist’s impression of the KIC 8462852 binary system.

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Researchers might be one step closer to figuring out the mysterious behavior behind Tabby's star's dimming.


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Astronomers Have Their Best Solution Yet To The Mysterious 'Alien Megastructure' Star


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