As if we don’t have enough things to worry about - or at least dream about, here’s a trippy mystery. Disappearing stars. Citizen scientists needed to solve this mystery.
Space Mysteries: An international team of astronomers is on the hunt for objects that should be impossible.
"VASCO is the Vanishing and Appearing Sources during a Century of Observations project," said Beatriz Villarroel of the [Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics](https://www.nordita.org/), Sweden. “We’re actually interested in all kinds of vanishing objects, but ideally I’d like to find a star that’s been steady and has been there in the sky for as long as we can remember and as long as we have data for, and one day it just vanishes. And you can point the biggest telescopes in the world at it and still see nothing there.”
Since Villarroel and her colleagues began work on the project in 2017, they’ve attracted a lot of attention from scientists who see the potential in searching historic records: “We have astronomers from all kinds of different fields interested in the project — specialists in active galactic nuclei [the power source of intensely brilliant quasars in the distant universe], stellar physicists, and SETI[Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence] scientists — everyone has their reasons for getting involved.” …