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Alert Notice 542: Continuing observations requested for KIC 08462852

April 8, 2016: Further to AAVSO Alert Notice 532, the AAVSO is requesting ongoing time-series observations of the enigmatic variable object KIC 08462852 (= KIC 8462852) beginning immediately and continuing through at least the end of 2016.

Details on KIC 08462852 (V=11.88) were given in Alert Notice 532.

Observations are requested in order to study not only the aperiodic fading events but also the behavior of the star outside of these events.

Kepler planet-finding mission may be ending

NASA officials have announced that the spacecraft stabilizers on the Kepler satellite can no longer keep the spacecraft pointed accurately.  Plans are being developed to address the problems, but if they are unsuccessful, Kepler's extended mission to search for exoplanets may be ending.

For more information, see this article in SpaceflightNow.

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