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PostPosted: February 8th, 2016, 8:44 pm 
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By this time many have heard of the strange Tabby's Star, a twelfth-magnitude object in Cygnus. Contrary to current rumor, LSU's Brad Schaefer assures the cause for the anomalous dip is not a Dyson sphere--a stance which seems to be confirmed by the negative results garnered so far by the SETI Institute. Brad's just finishing up his BRAS talk at the Highland Road Park Observatory and his final slide announces in capital green letters "All Ideas are Pretty Bad, No Good Idea in Sight".

More information:
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/curious-case-of-kic-8462852-102020155/
http://www.seti.org/seti-institute/press-release/looking-deliberate-radio-signals-kic-8462852


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PostPosted: February 9th, 2016, 1:32 pm 
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I am not familiar with the Centauri Dreams website, but LSU's Physics and Astronomy department is currently linking to it. Here's is a response from Brad Schaefer concerning an article on Tabby's Star published by Michael Hippke...
http://www.centauri-dreams.org/?p=34933


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PostPosted: August 23rd, 2016, 12:57 pm 
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A few weeks ago Brad gave BRAS some very nice news...Tabetha Boyajian will be joining the LSU P&A faculty! She received a Ph.D. from Georgia State in 2009. I will see what I can do to bring her to HRPO for a lecture.

About Dr. Boyajian:
http://www.lsu.edu/physics/people/faculty/boyajian.php


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PostPosted: October 31st, 2016, 10:41 pm 
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Tabby's Star has a devoted site continually updated with professional publications, public data and journal entries. This site has the official announcement that Dr. Boyajian and graduate student Tyler Ellis will be using HRPO in efforts to collect more pertinent data about this mysterious object!

The announcement:
http://www.wherestheflux.com/single-post/2016/10/11/September-Science-Update


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PostPosted: December 8th, 2016, 5:14 pm 
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As the spring months during which Dr. Boyajian and Mr. Ellis will be studying Tabby's Star draw nearer, I am attempting to focus more of our patrons attention on the severe light pollution problem the HRPO location has. Unfortunately, some stray light comes from BREC itself (BREC is one of the partners in HRPO).

On Friday 23 December from 6:45pm to 8:45pm, HRPO will host a session teaching adults and children how to perform a light pollution exercise from their homes to gauge the amount of wasted light generated mostly by badly-designed streetlamps. The session has no admission fee.


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PostPosted: January 14th, 2017, 12:46 pm 
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A new study set to be published on Monday in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society has another theory about the dimming pattern of KIC 8462852: It could be caused by the star recently consuming a planet.

Read more at http://www.redorbit.com/news/space/1113 ... IVKDBoE.99

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PostPosted: March 21st, 2017, 6:34 pm 
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Tabetha Boyajian will speak about the latest research on Tabby's Star at the Highland Road Park Observatory on Monday 10 April during the next meeting of the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society. The talk will be aimed at a general adult audience and has no admission fee.


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PostPosted: May 1st, 2017, 6:50 pm 
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WBRZ's Robert Gauthreaux interviewed Dr. Boyajian early the morning of the 25th at HRPO. They stood in front of Wally's Pluto tombstone and two of the NASA "travel" posters Amy had printed and laminated.

The interview:
http://www.wbrz.com/videos/stargazers-prepare-to-look-upward-for-astronomy-day/


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PostPosted: May 15th, 2017, 3:52 pm 
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Professor Brad Schaefer announced that he and another from LSU P&A will soon begin to use the Highland Road Park Observatory to gather additional data on Tabby's Star. The 16OGS's shutter and rotation capabilities are currently being "exercised" as they aren't used nearly as much as the 20OGS's.


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PostPosted: May 19th, 2017, 6:08 pm 
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Ben Toman is reporting that the KIC 8462852 team has caught a dip of the object's light curve in progress. Hopefully he may have a little more information to announce at HRPO between the regular planned lecture and viewing time.


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