Astronomy Talk: First Light in the Universe, The End of the Cosmic Dark Ages – Dr. Michael Bolte

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This Cosmic Video was produced from the June 19, 2014 Astronomy Talk given at Kahilu Theatre. The original description is below:

In the first several hundred million years after the Big Bang, the Universe was too hot for stars and galaxies to form. As the Universe cooled and its expansion slowed, gravity caused the first stars to collapse and re-light the Universe. Most theories suggest these first stars were unusual super-massive objects that evolved quickly and ended their lives in gigantic explosions. In this talk, Dr. Michael Bolte from UC Santa Cruz will discuss observations from Keck Observatory that identify the physical properties of the first stars based on the chemical elements they produced as they ended their lives.

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The sky is ready for LRIS-ADC and DEIMOS. Our observers from CIT and NASA are also ready. Sun set 06:05:00pm rise 06:09:00am
Keck 1 LRIS-ADC is scheduled with CIT observers. Keck 2 DEIMOS is scheduled for Yale observers. Sun set 06:06:00pm rise 06:08:00am
We are setting up HIRESB on Keck 1 for Swinburne observers, DEIMOS on Keck 2 for UCR observers. Sun set 06:06:00pm rise 06:08:00am
UCLA observers will work with HIRESB tonight. And UCR/UCB observers will work with NIRC2-LGS/NIRC2-NGS. Sun set 06:07:00pm rise 06:08:00am
#AlohaFriday ! Moon halo at 14,000'. Credit: Andrew Hara pic.twitter.com/bch1g2fedV