On Light Curves

We have been promoting the transient dimming sky as a pretty exciting setting for discovery. Someday scientists will actively search for dimming objects, rather than having them primarily found serendipitously in archives or by citizen scientists (with their eyeballs) as is true for Tabby's star (aka Boyagian's star) and Megan's dippers. Eclipsing disks are fantastic as they can give information on milli AU scales in a planet or satellite forming environment. With dippers (low mass stars) we favor a unified magnetospheric lifting and truncation scenario. Quasiperiodic dippers and periodic eclipsing disks allow study of the composition of circumstellar material through spectroscopy.