Unlike typical transit data in which dips in the light curve occur to a constant proportion and at regular intervals, the star KIC 8462852 certainly posed a peculiarity. There must be something in the way…
Alright this will be my final post on black holes, I promise. Unless you want more, that is? Actually that’s a silly question, of course you’d like more. But unfortunately you’re not getting any, so make sure you savour this one. It’s going to be… astronomical… (I’ll see myself out).
Perhaps you’ve been working for a long period of time and you’re suddenly craving some nuts. Oh, how convenient, there happens to be a container of mixed nuts next to you. But as you open the lid, you make a horrifying discovery – all those large, pesky Brazil nuts have wormed their way to the top (unless you love Brazil nuts in which case it will be a more pleasing discovery).
As with many technical terms in mathematics, the word brachistochrone originates from the Greek for ‘shortest time’. This curve has been rightly named, as you’ll see.
Yanhao strides into the classroom, wielding a half-full (optimism ftw) plastic bottle of water by the neck. Positioning himself at the front of the room, he takes up a stance of utter concentration and determination, eyes directly pointedly at a spot on the front desk. With a single intake of breath, the room falls into silence as it anticipates the magnitude of the feat it is about to witness. The teacher clasps cupped hands over their mouth, barely stifling a shocked gasp. As Yanhao shuts his eyes, one singular bead of sweat trickles down the length of his neck. In one fell swoop of his arm, he chucks the bottle up into the air. It pirouettes, landing elegantly on its base with barely a wobble. The silence explodes into madness.
Of course, this was only attempt #1003.