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New paper - Clemens et al.

[Orig: March 12, 2018]

Hello everyone,

Unfortunately we have not taken data for the past 3 nights in a row due to weather.

In other news, a new paper on KIC 8462852 just got accepted for publication. Here is the link.

Summary: Boyajian et al. (2016) identified a faint, red star nearby to KIC 8462852. At the time, it was unclear whether this is a physical or visual binary (visual binary meaning that it happened to be in the same line of sight, but not gravitationally bound like a physical binary), though it was estimated that there was only a 1% chance of the companion being a background or foreground object. In the new paper, Clemens et al. measure the position of KIC 8462852 and the faint nearby star identified in Boyajian et al.. By comparing the new positions and the positions measured a couple years ago, they were able to determine that the faint star does not have motion consistent with it being physically bound to KIC 8462852. All in all, this result means that models invoking the flux changes of KIC 8462852 from interactions with the faint star are compromised.

More later,

~Tabby and team

PS: These observations are happening because of the wonderful backers of our 2016 Kickstarter project. The Kickstarter campaign has ended, but we are still accepting donations to purchase additional observing time on the LCO 0.4m network. Thanks in advance for your support!

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