Tabetha S. Boyajian

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Scientist

Tabetha S. Boyajian is an astronomer and post-doctoral fellow at Yale University.[1] She is the lead author of the September 2015 paper Where's the Flux? which investigates the highly unusual light curve of KIC 8462852;[2] the star has been colloquially named Tabby's Star in her honor.[3]

In 2009, Boyajian received a Ph.D. from Georgia State University, for which she studied the sizes of nearby stars similar to the Sun, using the University's CHARA array, a long-baseline optical and infrared interferometer. She was awarded a NASA Hubble Fellowship, and stayed at Georgia to study sizes of nearby stars much smaller than the Sun and stars with planets.[4][5] Fellow astronomer Sarah Ballard has used Boyajian's "truly remarkable"[6] work creating this "precious sample"[6] of data on nearby small stars for the "characterization by proxy" method to help investigate the far more distant exoplanet Kepler-61b.[6][7]

References

  1. "Postdoctoral Associates & Fellows". Yale University. Archived from the original on January 12, 2015. http://exoplanets.astro.yale.edu/people/postdocs.php. 
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  3. Newsome, John (16 October 2015). "Space anomaly gets extraterrestrial intelligence experts' attention". CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/15/world/extraterrestrial-intelligence-anomaly. Retrieved 16 October 2015. 
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  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Kelly, Peter (April 25, 2013). "Astronomer studies far-off worlds through 'characterization by proxy'". UW Today. University of Washington. Archived from the original on April 29, 2013. http://www.washington.edu/news/2013/04/25/astronomer-studies-far-off-worlds-through-characterization-by-proxy/.  Quoting Sarah Ballard.
  7. Ballard, Sarah; Charbonneau, David; Fressin, Francois; Torres, Guillermo; Irwin, Jonathan; Desert, Jean-Michel; Newton, Elisabeth; Mann, Andrew W. et al. (April 2013). "Exoplanet Characterization by Proxy: a Transiting 2.15 R_Earth Planet Near the Habitable Zone of the Late K dwarf Kepler-61". Astrophysical Journal 773 (2). arXiv:1304.6726. Template:Citation error. 

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