Astronomy Talk: Examining the Planet-Forming Zone Around New Stars – Dr. Greg Doppmann

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This Cosmic Video was produced from the February 11, 2014 Astronomy Talk given at Kahilu Theatre. The original description is below:

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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The sky is ready for MOSFIRE and NIRC2-NGS. Our observers from KECK/UCSC and CIT are also ready. Sun set 06:37:00pm rise 06:31:00am
Keck 1 MOSFIRE is scheduled with CIT observers. Keck 2 NIRC2-LGS is scheduled for UH observers. Sun set 06:37:00pm rise 06:32:00am
We are setting up MOSFIRE on Keck 1 for CIT observers, NIRC2-LGS on Keck 2 for UH observers. Sun set 06:37:00pm rise 06:32:00am
.@LindaLy79 Excellent question! Here is the best way to know: mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu. It's dedicated just to Mauna Kea weather
CIT observers will work with MOSFIRE tonight. And UCI observers will work with DEIMOS. Sun set 06:36:00pm rise 06:33:00am