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The most mysterious star in the Galaxy

A project in New Haven, CT by Tabetha Boyajian

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Help astronomers get the data they need to unravel one of the biggest mysteries of all time, KIC 8462852 --- Where’s the Flux?
Backers: 1762
Average Pledge Per Backer: $61

Funded: $107,422 of $100,000
Dates: May 18th -> Jun 17th (30 days)
Project By: Tabetha Boyajian
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Latest News

LSU professor debunks alien megastructure myth

January 25th - via:
When astronomers noticed a strange light pattern coming from a distant star, many speculated this was evidence of an advanced alien civilization. The discovery of not only life, but intelligent life outside of Earth would have far reaching implications for not only science, but society as a whole. (Read More)

Space Dust, Not an Alien Megastructure, Is to Blame for Star's Bizarre Behavior

January 3rd - via:
Space is filled with unsolved mysteries, but rarely do they rivet astronomers and sci-fi fans the way KIC 8462852 has. In 2015, researchers announced that the distant star's light had periodically waned over the course of several years (once by as much as 22 percent), prompting some to theorize that a type of power-harnessing "alien megastructure" could be the culprit. (Read More)

No alien megastructure for Tabby's Star

January 3rd - via:
A few months ago, a team of astronomers using space-based observations said the weird and dramatic dips in brightness in the otherwise ordinary star KIC 8462852, aka Tabby (Read More)

The kickstarter to solve the mystery around the star KIC 8462852 just got funded

June 18th - via:
The Kickstarter funding the collection of the necessary data astronomers can use to solve the mystery around the star KIC 8462852 just got completely funded. (Read More)

best day ever!

June 17th - via:
With just 100 minutes left in the campaign I cant help myself in expressing my excitement for this project's success! Thanks to the (now) 1,746 amazing backers, we will be doing some awesome science in the year + to come!  We have already... (Read More)

The importance of our stretch goal!

June 16th - via:
This has been a truly amazing and exciting day! I cant thank you wonderful backers enough for contributing to this project and also for all of your kind and inspirational words along the way. It is a great privilege to be able to share the experience... (Read More)

here comes the DAY-TAH!

June 16th - via:
Y'all are amazing!  WE DID IT!  Im still catching my breath, but to answer the question everyone has on their mind - what next?   It's still tremendously important to keep growing the community over the last 19 hours. Every single penny raised... (Read More)

For the love of WTF!

June 16th - via:
22 hours left and <8% needed to reach the goal! Yesterday's update had an overwhelming response and we are so close to success! If you havent followed up on the idea yet, NOW is the time to increase your pledge to bring us over the top! Remember -... (Read More)

The goal is obtainable!

June 15th - via:
Im am overwhelmed by the support from all y'all!  The ideas tossed around in the comment thread about increasing pledges are getting pretty popular, and it looks as if they are working!  Lets keep it up!  To this end, *if we reach our goal*, I... (Read More)

Cool Worlds video with Jason Wright

June 14th - via:
Check out this great Cool Worlds video with team member Jason Wright talking about this project!   I will also post it to the project description :) The hours are counting down but we are on the right track!  Remember, it can't happen without YOU... (Read More)

What is team member Dr Jason Wright up to tonight?

June 13th - via:
Excuse the back-to-back updates, but we thought some of you would be interested in this awesome tidbit.  Our very own Dr. Jason Wright will be participating in a panel discussion titled "Are We Alone in the Universe", hosted by Ira Flatow at the New... (Read More)

What a busy weekend!

June 13th - via:
WOW! Looks like we are ramping up to make a big splash when the campaign ends on Friday morning - y'all are the BEST! Have you seen that we are featured on today's APOD (Astronomy Picture Of the Day)? You should also check out the recent blogs by Dr... (Read More)

With only 7 days left, we are almost halfway to our goal!

June 9th - via:
Many thanks to the over ONE THOUSAND backers that have joined our team!  The clock is ticking, but don't worry - we will make it! Feeling overwhelmed by my optimism? Look at it this way - all it will take is for each one of you to get two people you... (Read More)

Who will observe WTF in May of 2017?!?!

June 8th - via:
The WTF star's dips do not appear to be periodic, which makes it difficult to predict when it will dip again. But, what if we assume that the dip in the middle of the Kepler data (around day ~800) and the huge complex of dips at the end of the... (Read More)

AMA thread is up!

June 3rd - via:
Check it out and ask us anything!  (Read More)

A great idea!

June 3rd - via:
The clock is ticking and we still have a long way to go!   So, over the weekend, talk to 3 people you know (friends, family, neighbors, your boss, etc) about this amazing project and ask them to join our community. If everyone does this, we will... (Read More)

Reddit AMA - June 3!

June 2nd - via:
Jason Wright and I will be doing a Reddit AMA on June 3.  Sign on and ask us anything! ~Tabby  (Read More)

Y'all are the best!

May 28th - via:
A heartfelt thanks to the over 700 backers that have joined our "community of the curious" -- we have made it past the 30% mark!!! In other (slightly related) news, did you know that our radio SETI proposal was just awarded 25 hours of time to... (Read More)

May 21st - via:
Researchers seek to raise at least $100,000 to study the star, whose erratic behavior triggered frenzied speculation about "alien megastructures" orbiting it. (Read More)

Our project logo

May 19th - via:
Our amazing artist, Frank Okay, designed us a perfect logo for our project. It captures the essence of our story and our proposed program: The WTF star was identified by human eyes (not computers). The WTF star has mysterious dimmings in its flux, or... (Read More)

WOW - look what happened in just 12 hours!

May 18th - via:
A sincere thanks to our very earliest backers! Y'all ROCK! We are thrilled that in just 12 hours since the start of the campaign, over 6 dozen of y'all have joined our team. The press has also picked up on our program, read more about it here and... (Read More)

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