Until recently, all study of stellar surface structure, except for the sun, has been limited to indirect methods. This state of affairs is rapidly changing. With the introduction of interferometric techniques to optical astronomy, direct imaging of stellar surfaces is finally possible. Within a few years we will have images with sub-milliarcsecond resolution and 10 or more resolution elements across the stellar surface.
In this talk, I will describe the technique of optical interferometry and explain how it can be made to work through the earth's turbulent atmosphere. I will show some actual data and describe what can be expected in the near future.