Keck Week Video #15: Hunting for Protoplanets with Keck Observatory – Dr. Geoff Blake

Caltech's Dr. Geoff Blake discusses how his team uses Keck Observatory's superior resolution to detect: planets in other solar systems; stars with disks that could become planets; and measure the disk inventory for water and other compounds needed for life.

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