Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are: when most of us gaze up at the night sky, we do so with wonder. When astronomer Tabetha “Tabby” Boyajian ’03 looks at the stars, she always knows exactly what she’s looking at. Until this. Known as the most mysterious star in the universe, Tabby’s Star has everyone perplexed, giving rise to scientific discussion among astronomers and excited speculation among journalists, talk show hosts, alien hunters and the public at large. It’s also given Boyajian the spotlight, and she’s using her newfound star power to get answers. She’s using it for science. Because, after all, this is where she shines her brightest.
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