Invitation to the RR Lyrae 2015 Conference

The field of RR Lyrae studies is vigorous and has recently gained new momentum. These pulsating variable stars are part of the space photometric revolution: continuous, high-precision observations shed new light on the still mysterious Blazhko-modulation, unexpected dynamical phenomena have been discovered, novel ideas and hypotheses have emerged. On the theoretical front multidimensional hydrocodes are about to mature, allowing for an improved description of the interaction between convection and pulsation, and the exploration of nonradial motions. Ongoing and future sky surveys, like OGLE, VVV, and LSST will provide an overwhelming amount of data enabling to address a multitude of astrophysical questions where RR Lyrae stars play a significant role. Long-awaited astrometric data from the GAIA satellite will give a boost to the study and application of these galactic and extragalactic standard candles. The aim of this conference is to bring together theorists and observational astronomers working on distant areas to share their latest results and vision about the future of RR Lyrae research, while putting these fascinating objects into a wide astrophysical context from pulsation theory to near-field cosmology.

We invite everyone to join us and discuss recent developments and future RR Lyrae plans in Visegrad.

Kind regards,

Robert Szabo
Conference Chair


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