No star has ever been named after a woman until Boyajian. “Tabby’s Star,” or KIC 8462852, is said to be unique and brighter than most.
The citizen scientist group Planet Hunters is assisting Boyajian and her colleagues in conducting research on this perplexing star.
Since the star is an alien megastructure, there was speculation to the cause of the flickering, however, that theory was thrown out earlier this year.
“This is definitely something new and exciting. Even if it is dust, what kind of dust does this?” Boyajian said.
Boyajian’s research interests includes fundamental properties of stars: diameters, temperatures, exoplanet detection and characterization, Optical/IR interferometry, stellar spectroscopy (radial velocities, abundances, activity), absolute spectrophotometry, binary stars, astrometry, stellar ages and evolution, stellar activity and rotation, and asteroseismology.
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