Keck Week Video #16: Cosmic Explosions: Gamma Ray Bursts and Other Transient Events from Keck – Dr. Shrinivas Kulkarni

Gamma ray bursts are the brightest electromagnetic events known in the Universe. They emit a narrow beam of intense radiation during a supernova when a massive star collapses into a neutron star or a black hole.

Dr. Shrinivas Kulkarni from the California Institute of Technology gives an illuminating presentation on how spectroscopy from Keck Observatory gives insight into the most powerful forces in the Universe.

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On Keck 1, we have UCSC observers using MOSFIRE. On Keck 2, we have UCSB/UCLA observers using NIRC2-LGS. Sun set 06:51:00pm rise 05:51:00am
UCSC observers will use MOSFIRE on Keck 1, and UCSB/UCLA observers will use NIRC2-LGS on Keck 2 tonight. Sun set 06:51:00pm rise 05:51:00am
BOOM! First Potentially Habitable Earth-Size Planet Confirmed by Keck and Gemini. bit.ly/1pdXHZ9 pic.twitter.com/Yb1oA2MetB
Our guests tonight are observers from UCSC and KECK, using MOSFIRE and NIRC2-LGS/PCS* respectively. Sun set 06:51:00pm rise 05:52:00am