Astrophysics

   

KIC 8462852—Physical Modelling of its Occulting Objects and the Growing Mystery Surrounding its Cyclic Fluctuations: A New Assessment

Authors: Andrew Collins, Rodney Hale

KIC 8462862, an F-type main sequence star in the constellation of Cygnus, was found to be experiencing strange light fluctuations during the initial Kepler mission. Recorded data showed that the flux dropped by as much as 16 percent on one occasion in 2011 and 22 percent on another occasion in 2013. Various other major and minor light dimming episodes occurred across the entire Kepler mission, with an eclectic series of theories being offered to account for them. Experimental attempts are made to physically model the occulting objects behind the drops in flux to try and determine their line of sight profile, and through this their nature and appearance. The Kepler data for KIC 8462852 is re-examined to better understand the 0.88-day, 24.2-day and 48.4-day periodicities noted in connection with the star’s light dimming events. These reveal cyclic patterns that seem almost mechanical in nature, as well as recurring number sequences that warrant further investigation.

Comments: 18 Pages. This is a completely updated and revised form of the paper uploaded on June 05, 2017

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