1 Department of Physics and Astronomy, Science and Technology, Aarhus University2 Department of Physics and Astronomy, Science and Technology, Aarhus University
The NASA Kepler mission was designed to characterise extra-solar planetary systems but the observing technique, photometric detection of transits, makes the mission ideally suited also for asteroseismology. Since the launch of the mission in March 2009 Kepler has provided a treasure trove of asteroseismic data and data on other types of stellar variability. I provide a short overview of the mission and present some of the results. In addition, I briefly discuss the next step in observational asteroseismology: the SONG network which is designed to make ground-based velocity observations of stellar oscillations, and detect exoplanets from gravitational microlensing, from 7 - 8 nodes suitably distributed around the world.
African Skies, 2012, Vol 16, Issue March, p. 74-82