Evenings with Astronomers: Breakthroughs in Discerning New Worlds – Dr. Heather Knutson

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The past decade has marked a period of great progress in our quest to discover and characterize exoplanets, or planets outside of our own solar system. Observations of transiting exoplanets, in which the planet periodically passes in front of and then behind its parent star as seen from Earth, have given us fascinating insights into exoplanet meteorology. Caltech Professor Heather A. Knutson and her team are leaders in studying the diverse properties of these distant atmospheres, including their compositions, temperatures, and global circulation patterns, using a combination of both space- and ground-based facilities, including the W. M. Keck Observatory. Enjoy this grand tour of what is currently known about the nature of these alien worlds and Knutson’s plans for further exploration of earth-like planets.

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The sky is ready for LRIS-ADC and DEIMOS. Our observers from UCSC and NASA are also ready. Sun set 05:58:00pm rise 06:41:00am
Keck 1 LRIS-ADC is scheduled with UCSC observers. Keck 2 DEIMOS is scheduled for NASA observers. Sun set 05:58:00pm rise 06:40:00am
Planets, planets, everywhere: UH Astronomer, Keck Observatory Confirm First Kepler K2 Exoplanet Discovery bit.ly/1sE1Pil
We are setting up LRIS-ADC on Keck 1 for CIT observers, DEIMOS on Keck 2 for UCSC observers. Sun set 05:57:00pm rise 06:40:00am
'Perfect Storm' Quenching Star Formation around a Supermassive Black Hole - NRAO: Revealing the Hidden Universe bit.ly/1Aqg4fd