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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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
Check out this live discussion on the Big Bang bit.ly/1j24EVM
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Tonight observers from UCLA and KECK will use MOSFIRE and NIRC2-LGS. Sun set 06:50:00pm rise 05:53:00am
Two years ago NDomer73 produced this video. His description of the adaptive optics systems we use is good. bit.ly/1m5SJvx