Evenings With Astronomers

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Evenings with Astronomers: Bumps, Booms and Burps Dr. Shrinivas Kulkarni

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Evenings with Astronomers: The Intergalactic Medium and New Opportunities for Science Dr. Chris Martin

Dr. Chris Martin of Caltech explains the ongoing mission to directly observe the vast filaments of gas that connect clusters of galaxies, feed galaxies and create a vast... Read more »

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The Accelerating Universe Brian Schmidt

Nobel Laureate astronomer Brian Schmidt presents the story of the discovery of dark energy to an audience of enthusiastic Keck Observatory donors at the Fairmont Orchid,... Read more »

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From Hot Jupiters to Habitable Planets Dr. Debra Fischer of Yale University

Dr. Debra Fischer of Yale University explains the lively science of planet hunting. This talk was delivered on Feb. 27, 2012, at The Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island of... Read more »

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Discovering Dark Stars Dr. Adam Burgasser

Dr. Adam Burgasser of UC San Diego tells about the surging science of brown dwarfs—the failed stars that blur the line between planets and stars. This talk was... Read more »

Dark Matter Mysteries and Galaxy Evolution
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Dark Matter Mysteries and Galaxy Evolution Dr. Tommaso Treu

(March 15, 2011)  According to our current understanding, most of the mass of the universe is in the form of a mysterious substance, known as dark matter, that does not... Read more »

Keck’s Eyes on our Solar System
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Keck’s Eyes on our Solar System Dr. David Jewitt

(February 15, 2011)  Our perception of the solar system continues to evolve in dramatic ways and Keck Observatory plays a leading role in building our understanding of... Read more »

Focusing in on the Galactic Center
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Focusing in on the Galactic Center Dr. Mark Morris

(January 25, 2011)  Three of the most massive star clusters in our Milky Way Galaxy are found near the Galaxy’s center and their formation dynamics produce a startling... Read more »

Searching for Other Habitable Worlds
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Searching for Other Habitable Worlds Dr. Gregory Laughlin

(June 18, 2008) Dr. Gregory Laughlin from the University of California at Santa Cruz and his colleagues have been leading the way in the search for exoplanets,... Read more »

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On Keck 1, we have UH observers using MOSFIRE. On Keck 2, we have UCD observers using DEIMOS. Sun set 06:54:00pm rise 05:46:00am
UH observers will use MOSFIRE on Keck 1, and UCSC/UCLA observers will use ESI on Keck 2 tonight. Sun set 06:53:00pm rise 05:46:00am
Keck 1 target of opportunity! Detected the afterglow of a rare short-duration gamma ray burst. Extragalactic explosion, caught in the act.
Does this monster have exotic populations of stars at its center? We'll investigate with LRIS tonight. (3/3)
Special target for Keck 1: NGC 4889 is one of the brightest galaxies known and hosts the largest supermassive black hole ever detected (2/3)

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