Rapidly rotating planets and stars
Many stars and gaseous planets spin rapidly; Saturn and Jupiter provide two examples of rapidly rotating, gaseous bodies in our own Solar system. Rapid rotation affects internal structure, flattening the planet or star like a pancake. On top of this distortion, rapid rotation complicates fluid motions caused by, for instance, the perturbing gravitational field of a binary companion star or satellite moon. Many of my current research projects revolve around characterizing the (i) internal structure and (ii) fluid motions of rapid rotators.