International Team Of Astronomers To Discuss Kepler Findings

WASHINGTON -- The Kepler Asteroseismic Science Consortium (KASC) at
Aarhus University in Denmark will hold a media teleconference on
Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. EDT to discuss the latest discoveries
about stars and their structures using data from NASA's Kepler spacecraft.

Kepler, an observatory launched in March 2009, is designed to search
for Earth-like planets orbiting other stars. NASA and the KASC
developed a joint collaboration to further our understanding of the
structure and evolution of stars.

NASA's science team uses Kepler data to search for exoplanets, planets
outside of the solar system. KASC uses it to investigate the
astrophysics of stars. By using the natural pulse of stellar light
waves, the research team has examined and characterized thousands of
stars, thereby gaining new insights into stellar structure and evolution.

To participate in the teleconference, reporters should e-mail Thomas
Sorensen at ths@adm.au.dk by 8 a.m. EDT on Oct. 26. Journalists must
include their name, media affiliation and telephone number. At the
beginning of the telecon, supporting information will be posted at:


The panelists are:

-- Natalie Batalha, professor of physics and astronomy, San Jose State
University, California and co-investigator on NASA's Kepler Mission
-- Hans Kjeldsen, associate professor, KASC, Aarhus University,
-- Travis S. Metcalfe, scientist at The National Center for
Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado
-- Daniel Huber, Ph.D. student, University of Sydney, Australia
-- Thomas Kallinger, postdoctoral student, Universities of British
Columbia, Canada
-- Katrien Kolenberg, postdoctoral student, Institute of Astronomy in
Vienna, Austria
-- Steven Bloemen, Ph.D. student, Instituut voor Sterrenkunde,
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live at:


Source: NASA

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