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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Tonight observers from Yale and KECK will use MOSFIRE and NIRC2-LGS. Sun set 06:22:00pm rise 06:48:00am
Excellent find! Great job! Gigantic ring system around J1407b much larger, heavier than Saturn’s : NewsCenter bit.ly/1zVwcbP
MOSFIRE and NIRSPEC are the instruments tonight. Observers are from Subaru and CIT-Y. Sun set 06:21:00pm rise 06:48:00am
The sky is ready for HIRESR and NIRC2-LGS. Our observers from ANU and UCSC are also ready. Sun set 06:20:00pm rise 06:48:00am
@AsteroidEnergy See! You could barely name enough for two hands! ;)