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Searching for 
 “Boyajian’s Star” Analogs with ZTF

James Davenport
September 05, 2019

Searching for 
 “Boyajian’s Star” Analogs with ZTF

A 15min talk given at the ZTF Collaboration Meeting 2019, hosted at the University of Washington's Dept. of Astronomy. The topic is searching for similar stars the the mysterious "Boyajian's Star" aka Tabby's Star aka KIC 8262852, using the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF). I also briefly discuss the opportunity for ZTF and other surveys to do SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) research.

James Davenport

September 05, 2019

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