Astronomy Talk: Examining the Planet-Forming Zone Around New Stars


Astronomy Talk: Examining the Planet-Forming Zone Around New Stars

Tuesday February 11, 2014
07:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Kahilu Theater

W. M. Keck Observatory astronomer Greg Doppmann will give a talk on circumstellar disks that surround newly formed stars. The inner regions of such disks are where rocky, and perhaps Earth-like planets are believed to form. Searching these planet-forming environments for compounds that promote life, such as water and organic molecules, is the focus of his research. Using Keck Observatory's NIRSPEC, a high-resolution infrared spectrograph on the Keck II telescope, Doppmann will illustrate how we can test for conditions that are favorable to the development of life on planets elsewhere in the Galaxy.

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CIT observers will work with LRIS-ADC tonight. And UC-lbnl/CIT observers will work with DEIMOS. Sun set 06:11:00pm rise 06:06:00am
Observers from NASA will use LRIS-ADC on Keck 1, while on Keck 2, UC-lbnl/CIT observers will use DEIMOS. Sun set 06:12:00pm rise 06:06:00am
UCB observers will use LRIS-ADC on Keck 1, and UC-lbnl/UCSC observers will use DEIMOS on Keck 2 tonight. Sun set 06:13:00pm rise 06:05:00am
Our guests tonight are observers from UCLA and CIT, using OSIRIS-LGS and DEIMOS respectively. Sun set 06:14:00pm rise 06:05:00am