Kepler and the RR Lyrae Stars
Katrien Kolenberg, CfA
Monday 11 March 2013, Noon
Pratt Conference Room, 60 Garden Street
The spectacular data delivered by NASA's Kepler mission have not only
boosted the discovery of planets orbiting other stars, but they have
opened a window on the inner workings of the stars themselves. For
the study of the RR Lyrae stars, Kepler has provided a breakthrough.
To date, over 40 RR Lyrae stars are known in the Kepler field. They
are studied within the RR Lyrae/Cepheid working group of the Kepler
Astroseismic Science Consortium (KASC).
I will present some of the
most interesting results on RR Lyrae stars obtained through Kepler
so far, as well as some of my own research on these pulsating stars.