Mapping the music of the spheres

04/12/2011 | Sky & Telescope online

Stars sing, or at least resonate, and researchers are finding ways to listen for their cosmic hum by watching for tiny variations in the light they produce. The field of study, known as asteroseismology, is in its infancy, but scientists already are using observations from the Kepler spacecraft to peer inside distant stars and determine their diameters and masses more accurately.

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