Solar and Stellar Physics Group

aka High-Resolution Optical Spectroscopy (HiROS)

BiSON kepler sutherland

BiSON Worldwide Observatories

NASA Kepler Spacecraft

BiSON Solar Observatory in Sutherland


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Stars, the Sun, and Exoplanets:

Our research spans the fields of helioseismology and asteroseismology, the study of the interior of the Sun and stars by observation of natural modes of oscillation of the stars.

In asteroseismology, we have leading roles in the international Kepler Asteroseismic Science Consortium (KASC), which is using data from the NASA Kepler Mission to study solar-type stars and red giants, including exoplanet host stars.

In helioseismology, we run the Birmingham Solar-Oscillations Network (BiSON). This world-wide network of six remote, ground-based telescopes provides round-the-clock monitoring of the globally coherent, core-penetrating modes of oscillation of the Sun. BiSON is funded by the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).