Kolenberg, Katrien Kurucz, R. Stellingwerf, R. Nemec, J. Moskalik, P. Fossati, L. Barnes, T.G.
Precision Asteroseismology: Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, IAU Symposium vol:301 pages:57-60
IAU Symposium No. 301 location:Wroclaw date:August 2013
Four years into the Kepler mission, an updated review on the results for RR Lyrae stars is in order. More than 50 RR Lyrae stars in the Kepler field are observed with Kepler and each one of them can provide us with new insight into this class of pulsating stars. Ground-based spectroscopy of the Kepler targets allows us to narrow down their physical parameters. Previously, we already reported a 50% occurrence rate of modulation in the RRab stars, a large variety of modulation behavior, period doubling in several Blazhko stars, the detection of higher- overtone radial modes, probable non-radial modes and new types of multiple-mode RR Lyrae pulsators, among both the RRab and the RRc stars. In addition, the quasi-continuous photometry obtained over several years with Kepler allows one to observe changes in Blazhko behavior and additional longer cycles. These observations have sparked new theoretical modelling efforts. In this short paper we showcase RR Lyr itself. The star has been observed with Kepler in short cadence, and some remarkable features of its pulsation behavior are unveiled in this long-studied prototype, through the Kepler photometry and additional spectroscopic data.