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'Weirdest Star In The Universe' Is Baffling Astronomers

It’s been dubbed “the weirdest star in the universe,” and no, it’s not Dennis Rodman. It’s a mysterious, dimming star — a little brighter and hotter than our own sun — at a distance of over 1,400 light years away, and it’s baffling astronomers.

Named Tabby’s Star, after the scientist that first noticed it, Dr. Tabetha Boyajian, all eyes have turned to the erratic dimming and brightening and the data produced out of tiny Mt. Hopkins, Arizona, where the Tennessee State University Fairborn Observatory is producing intergalactic data that has led to some far-out hypotheses.

I spoke with Matthew Muterspaugh more about this recently. He’s the director for the Center for Excellence in Information Systems Engineering and Management at Tennessee State University, and he’s been studying this star.

Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.