Authors:Heindl et alAbstract:The star KIC 8462852 shows a very unusual and hard to comprehend light curve. The dip d7922 absorbs 16% of the starlight. The light curve is unusually smooth but the very steep edges make it hard to find a simple natural explanation by covering due to comets or other well-known planetary objects. We describe a mathematical approximation to the light curve, which is motivated by a physically meaningful event of a large stellar beam which generates an orbiting cloud. The data might fit to the science fiction idea of star lifting, a mining technology that could extract star matter. We extend the model to d1519 and d1568 using multiple beams and get an encouraging result that fits essential parts of the dips but misses other parts of the measured flux. We recommend further exploration of this concept with refined models.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Beyond Extraordinary Claim: Tabby's Star is Being "Star Lifted" (aka Mined)
Posted by Will Baird at 8:00 PM
Labels: Boyajian's Star, KIC 8462852, light curves, seti, tabby's star
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