Focusing in on the Galactic Center – Dr. Mark Morris

(January 25, 2011)  Three of the most massive star clusters in our Milky Way Galaxy are found near the Galaxy’s center and their formation dynamics produce a startling display of pyrotechnics.  Alongside these young compact star groups, the Galactic Center also harbors the Milky Way’s massive black hole putting forth many fascinating mysteries; for one, how can stars form so close to the hostile environment of a supermassive black hole.  UCLA Professor Mark Morris will present current research findings from observations made with the Keck telescopes and their adaptive optics systems to resolve these complex questions of the cosmos.

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Keck 1 MOSFIRE is scheduled with CIT observers. Keck 2 NIRSPEC is scheduled for UCB observers. Sun set 06:36:00pm rise 05:59:00am
We are setting up HIRESR/PCS+SSC on Keck 1 for UCSC/KECK observers, NIRSPEC on Keck 2 for KECK observers. Sun set 06:37:00pm rise 05:59:00am
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▶ Cosmic Cam Preview: (Shhh. Don't tell anyone we are making time-lapse movies of the night sky from Mauna Kea.)
CIT observers will work with HIRESR tonight. And KECK observers will work with PCS+SSC. Sun set 06:38:00pm rise 05:59:00am