MOSFIRE: a Powerful New Astronomy Tool at the W. M. Keck Observatory

Thursday April 04, 2013
12:00 pm - 02:00 pm

Kahilu Theatre

Ian McLean (UC Los Angeles)

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On April 4, 2012 a new instrument obtained “first light” on the Keck I Telescope at the W. M. Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea. Known as MOSFIRE, for Multi-Object Spectrometer For Infra-Red Exploration, it is the most advanced capability available today to study star formation, galaxy formation and the early universe. What makes this huge, vacuum-cryogenic instrument unique is its ability to select up to 46 individual objects in the field of view and then record the infrared spectrum of all 46 objects simultaneously. Professor Ian McLean of the University of California at Los Angeles and co-principal investigator of MOSFIRE will describe some of the technical challenges that were overcome in developing and commissioning this multi-year, multi-million dollar instrument as well as share early science results ranging from the discovery of ultra-cool, nearby substellar mass objects, to the detection of oxygen in young galaxies only 2 billion years after the Big Bang.
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MOSFIRE and DEIMOS are the instruments tonight. Observers are from UCLA and UCSB. Sun set 06:45:00pm rise 06:09:00am
Tonight's schedule is MOSFIRE on Keck 1 and DEIMOS on Keck 2 for our lucky observers from UCLA and UCSB. Sun set 06:45:00pm rise 06:10:00am
The sky is ready for MOSFIRE and DEIMOS. Our observers from UCLA and UCLA are also ready. Sun set 06:44:00pm rise 06:11:00am
Keck 1 LRIS-ADC is scheduled with UCR observers. Keck 2 DEIMOS is scheduled for UCSC observers. Sun set 06:44:00pm rise 06:12:00am
We are setting up LRIS-ADC on Keck 1 for UCR observers, DEIMOS on Keck 2 for UCSC observers. Sun set 06:44:00pm rise 06:12:00am