The Global Asteroseismology Project Proof of Concept: Asteroseismology of Massive Stars with Continuous Ground-based Observations

Noi Shitrit*, Iair Arcavi

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Massive (≳8M ) stars are the progenitors of many astrophysical systems, yet key aspects of their structure and evolution are poorly understood. Asteroseismology has the potential to solve these open puzzles; however, sampling both the short period pulsations and long period beat patterns of massive stars poses many observational challenges. Ground-based single-site observations require years or decades to discern the main oscillation modes. Multisite campaigns were able to shorten this time span, but have not been able to scale up to population studies on sample of objects. Space-based observations can achieve both continuous sampling and observe large numbers of objects; however, most lack the multiband data that is often necessary for mode identification and removing model degeneracies. Here, we develop and test a new ground-based observational strategy for discerning and identifying the main oscillation modes of a massive star in a few months, in a way that can be scaled to large samples. We do so using the Las Cumbres Observatory—a unique facility consisting of robotic, homogeneous telescopes operating as a global network, overcoming most of the challenges of previous multisite efforts, but presenting new challenges which we tailor our strategy to address. This work serves as the proof of concept for the Global Asteroseismology Project, which aims to move massive star asteroseismology from single-objects to bulk studies, unleashing its full potential in constraining stellar structure and evolution models. This work also demonstrates the ability of the Las Cumbres Observatory to perform multisite continuous observations for various science goals.

Original languageEnglish
Article number65
JournalAstronomical Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2024


FundersFunder number
Amnon Pazy Research Foundation
Israeli Council for Higher Education Alon Fellowship
European Research Council
United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation
Israel Science Foundation2752/19
Horizon 2020852097


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