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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We are setting up MOSFIRE on Keck 1 for Subaru observers, DEIMOS on Keck 2 for UCI observers. Sun set 05:52:00pm rise 06:25:00am
CIT observers will work with MOSFIRE tonight. And CIT observers will work with DEIMOS. Sun set 05:52:00pm rise 06:25:00am
Observers from CIT will use MOSFIRE on Keck 1, while on Keck 2, CIT observers will use DEIMOS. Sun set 05:52:00pm rise 06:24:00am
Just released: Fantastic image of Europa Re-mastered from 1990's Galileo data. 1.usa.gov/1Fbl1eH pic.twitter.com/ZpL9r2il5w
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