›The RR Lyrae and Cepheid Conference 2019: Frontiers of Classical Pulsators - Theory and Observations
This is an exciting time for astrophysics, particularly in the realm of classical pulsating star science, with the wealth of data coming from ground-based and space-based surveys. The community of astronomers who study these variable stars will be meeting to discuss the latest discoveries and on-going work with RR Lyrae and Cepheid variable stars. The conference assembles astronomers from the observational and theoretical arenas, with representatives from a variety of surveys and missions. Important results will be shared, for example from Gaia and TESS. LSST is also on the horizon, and our community is making plans to study classical pulsators for these future surveys and missions. We are developing many new analysis techniques with current datasets from Kepler/K2, OGLE, and VVV. With the volume of data as well as new possibilities and techniques available to our community, our conference scheduled in October of 2019 provides an opportune time to present the latest developments and discoveries, and to plan the next step of classical pulsator research in the 2020s.
This conference will bring together researchers and students, observers and theorists representing a variety of surveys and missions for the presentation and discussion of the latest discoveries and on-going work with RR Lyrae and Cepheid type pulsating variable stars. During the meeting, participants will discuss and share the latest results from a variety of datasets (ground-based surveys and space-based missions), the latest theoretical models (from hydrodynamical codes describing stellar interiors, stellar evolution of pulsating stars, and pulsation theory), and topics on the small (binary systems) and large (near-field cosmology) scale. The conference is scheduled for October 13-18, 2019 in Cloudcroft, New Mexico.
The conference is well situated to bring astronomy to the local communities in southeastern New Mexico. One aim to broaden the impact of the meeting is to engage with the local Native Americans to share their understanding of the night sky with our group of scientists. This cultural exchange is expected to be illuminating and inspirational, and educational for everyone. The second aim is to reach out to the amateur astronomy community to encourage joint research projects with professional astronomers.
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