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Asteroseismology

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19:00 – 20:00 3 May 2011
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Arts A Building Lecture Theatre 2, University of Sussex, BN1 9SH

Speakers: Prof Donald W Kurtz

Using what is now known as asteroseismology - the seismology of the stars - we can now "look" beneath the surfaces of the stars right into the utterly unearthly maelstrom of the giant nuclear reactors that make up their cores. This lecture will introduce sound and the physics of musical instruments, and then the seismology of the stars. Asteroseismology is closely related to planet-finding in the high precision demands of the observational techniques used for both. A selection of exciting observational results will be shown from the revolutionary Kepler mission. You will even have the chance to hear the stars with their very low frequency sounds shifted up into the audible range. After 2000 years we now know that there really is Music of the Spheres: come hear what the stars sound like! (Although you may still prefer Mozart.)

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: South Central Branch
Contact details: Dr Simon Peeters
Email: S.J.M.Peeters@sussex.ac.uk

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