Keck Week Video #9: Nobel Worthy: The Accelerating Expansion of the Universe – Dr. Alex Filippenko

Astronomer Alex Filippenko has been recognized nationally as a science educator. The recipient of the top teaching awards at UC Berkeley, he has been voted by students the “Best Professor” on campus a record 9 times.  

This video, recorded at the Keck Science Meeting in Hawaii this past March, features Dr. Filippenko talking about Keck Observatory’s role in revealing the accelerating expansion of the Universe.

This discovery, currently theorized as being propelled by a new fundamental force described as “dark energy,” was deemed the “Top Breakthrough of 1998” and was honored with the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2011.

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Keck 1 OSIRIS-LGS is scheduled with UH observers. Keck 2 NIRSPEC is scheduled for UCSD/UCD observers. Sun set 06:47:00pm rise 05:57:00am
We are setting up LRIS-ADC on Keck 1 for NASA/KECK observers, DEIMOS on Keck 2 for UCD observers. Sun set 06:48:00pm rise 05:56:00am
Happy Sunday! One of the clever scientists posted this as the description for their observing run here at Keck. pic.twitter.com/3iSlETZTFr
CIT observers will work with LRIS-ADC tonight. And UCI observers will work with DEIMOS. Sun set 06:49:00pm rise 05:56:00am
Observers from CIT will use LRIS-ADC on Keck 1, while on Keck 2, UCI observers will use DEIMOS. Sun set 06:50:00pm rise 05:56:00am