Te­le­scope net­work mon­i­tors star

Science Illustrated - - STARS -

In the com­ing year, the KIC 8462852 star will be con­stantly mon­i­tored by a global net­work of co­or­di­nated, ro­botic tele­scopes.

The ob­ser­va­tions will be made by the Las Cum­bres Ob­ser­va­tory net­work, which con­sists of 18 land-based tele­scopes through­out the world. One of them is al­ways "on duty", and if it spots a light dim­ming, sev­eral tele­scopes will im­me­di­ately fo­cus on the star to ob­serve the process at dif­fer­ent wave­lengths. This could give us an in­di­ca­tion of what blocks out the star’s light.

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