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Astronomy Colloquium

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Cahill, Hameetman Auditorium
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).

For more information, please contact Gina Armas by phone at 4671 or by email at [email protected] or visit http://www.astro.caltech.edu/~gma/colloquia.html.