Gigantic 'Blinking' Star Presents a Cosmic Mystery

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In early 2012, a red giant star known as VVV WIT 08 began to show a gradual drop in luminosity the “WIT” in the stars name stands for “W hat I s T his?”—more on that soon . This dimming continued until April of that year, when the star declined to 97% of its original brightness, making it virtually invisible. Gradually, the star, 100 times larger than the Sun, returned to its former glory. The...

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