DIRAC Researcher Helps Investigate the “Most Mysterious Star” from the Kepler Mission

DIRAC Researcher and NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, James Davenport, is a coauthor on a recent paper studying “Boyajian’s Star”, aka the Most Mysterious Star in the Universe! KIC 8462852, as the star is officially known, has been observed to undergo dramatic changes in brightness over several days, as well as smaller long-term variations. Both of these forms of variability have been unexplained so far, but this latest paper (including Davenport and UW grad student , Brett Morris) finds that clumpy dust surrounding KIC 8462852 is the most likely explanation.

For more information, see this UW Press Release