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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MOSFIRE and NIRC2-LGS are the instruments tonight. Observers are from CIT and CIT. Sun set 07:06:00pm rise 05:32:00am
Way to go CFHT! Faint galaxies in Virgo bit.ly/1FC5QvR
Tonight's schedule is MOSFIRE on Keck 1 and DEIMOS on Keck 2 for our lucky observers from CIT and CIT. Sun set 07:06:00pm rise 05:32:00am
The sky is ready for MOSFIRE and DEIMOS. Our observers from CIT and CIT are also ready. Sun set 07:05:00pm rise 05:32:00am
Keck 1 LRIS-ADC is scheduled with CIT observers. Keck 2 NIRSPEC is scheduled for CIT observers. Sun set 07:05:00pm rise 05:33:00am