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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UCLA observers will work with MOSFIRE tonight. And UCI/UCB observers will work with NIRC2-LGS/NIRC2-NGS. Sun set 05:59:00pm rise 06:12:00am
Observers from UCR will use MOSFIRE on Keck 1, while on Keck 2, UCI observers will use DEIMOS. Sun set 06:00:00pm rise 06:12:00am
On Keck 1, we have UCR observers using LRIS-ADC. On Keck 2, we have Swinburne observers using ESI. Sun set 06:00:00pm rise 06:11:00am
CIT observers will use LRISP-ADC on Keck 1, and UCSC observers will use ESI on Keck 2 tonight. Sun set 06:01:00pm rise 06:11:00am
Our guests tonight are observers from UCSC and Swinburne, using LRISP-ADC and DEIMOS respectively. Sun set 06:02:00pm rise 06:10:00am