Wednesday, March 14, 2012
4:00 pm
Cahill, Hameetman Auditorium

Astronomy Colloquium

Kepler and the RR Lyrae stars
Katrien Kolenberg, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA & KU Leuven, Belgium
The spectacular data delivered by NASA's Kepler mission not only boost the discoveries of planets orbiting other stars, but they also open a window on the inner workings of the stars themselves. Kepler has been a breakthrough for the study of RR Lyrae stars and the still mysterious Blazhko effect. I will present some of the most interesting results obtained so far.

To date, over 40 RR Lyrae stars have been found in the Kepler field. The outstandingly high-precision data of these stars are investigated within the RR Lyrae working group as part of the Kepler Asteroseismic Science Consortium (KASC).

Contact Gina Armas gina@its.caltech.edu at 4671
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