The Cleveland Astronomical Society  Dr. Marc Pinsonneault The Ohio State University Department of Astronomy.  The NASA Kepler Mission, Listening to the Stars:  Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics with Kepler The Kepler space mission was designed to discover Earthlike planets around Sunlike stars, and it succeeded in detecting thousands of planet candidates.  The Kepler method – taking repeated images from a satellite and searching for transits – also opens a time domain window that has revolutionized our understanding of stars.  This new information, in turn, is crucial for interpreting the exoplanet data – for example, by inferring the mass, size and age of the planet host.  In this talk Dr. Pinsonneault will discuss how the Kepler mission has revolutionized our  understanding of both stars and planets.  In particular, he will focus on how we can infer not just planet size, but also age, and on how the identification of a Kepler target as a potential planet host is just the beginning of the discovery process.  Two distinct methods – using stellar rotation as a clock, and using stellar variability to detect oscillations in stars – will be emphasized as new opportunities revealed by Kepler.  Dr. Pinsonneault will finish by discussing future prospects tied to the upcoming K2, TESS, and PLATO missions. Return to Calendar Cleveland Astronomical Society  Thursday, February 2, 2016   Meeting Announcement 6:30—7:00 p.m. – Get acquainted 7:00—7:30 p.m. – Short business meeting 7:30—8:30 p.m. – Featured Speaker 8:30—9:00 p.m. – Q & A Leonard Krieger CanalWay Center 4524 East 49th Street               (Turn onto Whittlesey Way to reach Center), Cuyahoga Heights 216-206-1000