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[Guest Post] Newly published paper on a 1574-day periodicity

4 Jun 2018, 20:50 UTC
[Guest Post] Newly published paper on a 1574-day periodicity
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As an author to a newly published paper about KIC 8462852, Tabby has invited me to tell you about it here. For those of you who don’t know me, I go by the Reddit handle of ‘gdsacco.’ I work in the cyber security domain, running a team for a global technology company. This is an important part of this story because it is not what I do for a living, it is what I do not do: astronomy. So how did I get swept into the most mysterious star in the galaxy? Before this star started making news, I wasn’t even an amateur astronomer. So getting interested in this star was never because I wanted to know if there was some dust and gas in the interstellar medium, or if there was something wrong with the star itself that was causing these wild swings of flux. Like so many others that never before had an interest in astronomy, I got sucked into this story for one reason: the prospect that maybe, just maybe, we humans could finally show that we are not alone. As it turns out, Reddit provided me (and many other would-be amateur astronomers) a forum of education ...

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