Cosmic Dawn: Pursuit of the First Galaxies – Dr. Richard Ellis

(January 16, 2008) Dr. Richard Ellis discusses how using a pioneering technique called “gravitational lensing” allows an international team of astronomers to measure traces of the very first galaxies formed after the Big Bang. Richard, the Steele Professor of Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology, and his colleagues have made remarkable progress uncovering the evolution of the early Universe – the light they measure began its journey to the Keck telescopes more than 13 billion years ago.

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Observers from CIT will use LRIS-ADC on Keck 1, while on Keck 2, UCI observers will use DEIMOS. Sun set 06:50:00pm rise 05:56:00am
On tap for Keck 1 tonight: observations of stars exploding, falling into black holes, and undergoing other violent fates!
This is the life: Keck telescope, spectrograph that\'s a marvel of engineering, and 0.5\" seeing (Evan Kirby on behalf of @keckobservatory)
On Keck 1, we have CIT observers using LRIS-ADC. On Keck 2, we have CIT observers using DEIMOS. Sun set 06:50:00pm rise 05:56:00am