January 4, 2018

KIC 8462852 at infrareds and ultraviolets (Image: IPAC/NASA for infrareds, STScI (NASA) for ultraviolets)

An article published in “The Astrophysical Journal Letters” describes the results of new observations of the star KIC 8462852, commonly known as Tabby’s star or sometimes Boyajian’s star. A team of astronomers led by Tabetha S. Boyajian, the astronomer who in 2015 realized that its brightness was changing rapidly, dimming up to 20% within a few days, conducted a research possible thanks to a funding obtained through a campaign on Kickstarter. The conclusions confirm the theory of dust that obscures the star, in particular at certain frequencies.