Star clusters from space, from the ground, and over time

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A two-day COOL STARS 19 splinter session

6 June 2016 14:30 - 17:30
7 June 2016 14:30 - 17:30

Scientific Motivation

Cool stars are born in clusters and associations of hundreds to millions of stars that evolve on timescales of Myr to Gyr to become the low-mass objects we see today in the field and in open clusters. Nearby clusters have long been essential laboratories for stellar astrophysics, but the current and coming space- and ground-based missions and surveys will open new windows onto these old friends. K2 has already observed Upper Sco, M35, M67, the Hyades, Praesepe, and the Pleiades; Gaia will release the first of its monumental datasets in the summer, with much more to come in the next few years; ground-based surveys such as Gaia-ESO and APOGEE are providing detailed kinematics and chemical abundances for thousands of stars; planning for cluster science with the next generation of missions and surveys (e.g., TESS, LSST, WEAVE) is underway. This is the right time, and CS 19 is the right place, to bring together those engaged with or motivated by these and other new and coming data to discuss pressing questions and future directions.

Among the topics for the splinter are:


06 June 2016 14:30 - 17:30
07 June 2016 14:30 - 17:30

Session organizers


Questions about this splinter session can be directed to Marcel Agüeros and Rob Jeffries.