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

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

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

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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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We are setting up LRIS-ADC on Keck 1 for NASA/KECK observers, DEIMOS on Keck 2 for UCD observers. Sun set 06:48:00pm rise 05:56:00am
Happy Sunday! One of the clever scientists posted this as the description for their observing run here at Keck. pic.twitter.com/3iSlETZTFr
CIT observers will work with LRIS-ADC tonight. And UCI observers will work with DEIMOS. Sun set 06:49:00pm rise 05:56:00am
Observers from CIT will use LRIS-ADC on Keck 1, while on Keck 2, UCI observers will use DEIMOS. Sun set 06:50:00pm rise 05:56:00am
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