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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CIT observers will use LRIS-ADC on Keck 1, and UCD/UCSC observers will use DEIMOS on Keck 2 tonight. Sun set 06:30:00pm rise 06:01:00am
Our guests tonight are observers from CIT and ANU, using LRIS-ADC and DEIMOS respectively. Sun set 06:31:00pm rise 06:00:00am
Aloha Friday! This is from Bo Bleckel shot from Maine. Where's your shot of the night sky? pic.twitter.com/xyj3SP1j3J
Tonight observers from CIT and UCLA will use LRIS-ADC and DEIMOS. Sun set 06:32:00pm rise 06:00:00am