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[Guest Post] Newly published paper: The KIC 8462852 Light Curve From 2015.75 to 2018.18 Shows a Variable Secular Decline

17 Jul 2018, 18:53 UTC
[Guest Post] Newly published paper: The KIC 8462852 Light Curve From 2015.75 to 2018.18 Shows a Variable Secular Decline
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Hi everyone, Below is a message to you from Prof Brad Schaefer describing a paper he lead that was just accepted for publication. More later! TabbyHi;Prof. Boyajian has asked me to write a guest posting for you on a paper we have just written on KIC 8462852. Our paper has just been accepted to the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, and it will be published in about two months. The abstract summary is below, and a PDF file of the paper is at this link. What we have done is collect 19,176 magnitudes from 2015.75 to 2018.18 in four colors (B, V, R, and I). This starts just at the time that the discovery was announced, and this is complimentary to our Kickstarter program because we cover the year-and-a-half before we could start the LCO observations. Our observations are good for time coverage, but we lack the accuracy, time resolution, and speed-of-response that is the hallmark of the Kickstarter observations, as required to get fast response during a dip. Our light curve was taken both by the Kickstarter team at LSU plus by many of the world's best amateur astronomers reporting to the AAVSO. This has been a ...

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