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

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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Keck 1 MOSFIRE is scheduled with CIT observers. Keck 2 NIRSPEC is scheduled for UCB observers. Sun set 06:36:00pm rise 05:59:00am
We are setting up HIRESR/PCS+SSC on Keck 1 for UCSC/KECK observers, NIRSPEC on Keck 2 for KECK observers. Sun set 06:37:00pm rise 05:59:00am
Do you know your address? Earth and Just Got a Few Trillion New Neighbors | W. M. Keck Observatory bit.ly/1wnG0cv
▶ Cosmic Cam Preview: (Shhh. Don't tell anyone we are making time-lapse movies of the night sky from Mauna Kea.)
CIT observers will work with HIRESR tonight. And KECK observers will work with PCS+SSC. Sun set 06:38:00pm rise 05:59:00am