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

Please be patient while video loads:

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.

Filter

Filter by year OR type:

View all

Twitter

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