The Mysterious Flicker Behind Star KIC 8462852

11:53 minutes

In a paper published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, researchers described a star over 1,400 light years away that dims and glows in a strange flickering pattern. Astronomers Debra Fischer, who was an author on the paper, and Jason Wright explore ideas—from swarming comets to alien megastructures—that could explain the star’s mysterious glow.

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Debra Fischer

Debra Fischer is a Professor of Astronomy at Yale University.

Jason Wright

Jason Wright is an Associate Professor in the Department of Astronomy and  Astrophysics at the Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania.

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Alexa Lim was a senior producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.

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