Bishop Lecture

19th Annual Bishop Lecture

Long-term and sensitive space-based photometry from the Kepler and CoRoT satellites has allowed us to finally 'hear' the stars. These remarkable data have yielded accurate measurements of masses, radii and distances for more than 10,000 stars across the Milky Way. More profoundly, these observations are revealing the interior conditions of the star, clearly differentiating those that are undergoing helium burning in their cores to those that are only burning hydrogen in a shell. Moreover, interior rotation rates for thousands of post-main sequence stars will soon be known, probing the uncertain physics of angular momentum transport that is important to the progenitors of core collapse supernova.

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