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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The sky is ready for MOSFIRE and DEIMOS. Our observers from UCLA and UCLA are also ready. Sun set 06:44:00pm rise 06:11:00am
Keck 1 LRIS-ADC is scheduled with UCR observers. Keck 2 DEIMOS is scheduled for UCSC observers. Sun set 06:44:00pm rise 06:12:00am
We are setting up LRIS-ADC on Keck 1 for UCR observers, DEIMOS on Keck 2 for UCSC observers. Sun set 06:44:00pm rise 06:12:00am
CIT observers will work with LRIS-ADC tonight. And UCSC observers will work with DEIMOS. Sun set 06:44:00pm rise 06:13:00am
Observers from UCSB will use LRIS-ADC on Keck 1, while on Keck 2, UH observers will use DEIMOS. Sun set 06:43:00pm rise 06:14:00am