Keck’s Eyes on our Solar System – Dr. David Jewitt

(February 15, 2011)  Our perception of the solar system continues to evolve in dramatic ways and Keck Observatory plays a leading role in building our understanding of its origin, evolution and structure.  A pioneering planetary scientist who counts among his discoveries the Kuiper belt beyond Neptune, Professor Jewitt’s talk will offer us the latest clues of how planets form and evolve, and, among other things, the origin of the oceans and the ubiquity of life. With all we know in this golden age of exploration, our astronomical back yard remains largely mysterious and completely astonishing to those who study it.

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Our guests tonight are observers from NASA and CIT-Y, using HIRESR and NIRC2-LGS respectively. Sun set 07:11:00pm rise 05:46:00am
Tonight observers from UCB/NASA/UCB and CIT-Y will use OSIRIS-NGS/OSIRIS-LGS/HIRESR and NIRC2-LGS. Sun set 07:11:00pm rise 05:46:00am
SCIENCE NEWS!: Fossil Star Clusters Revela Their Age W. M. Keck Observatory bit.ly/1ftjdG4
Very stable atmosphere tonight. Observers @meg_bedell @intiwatay are enjoying a seeing of 0.35 arcsec, much better than typical conditions
Tonight the observers are Megan Bedell @meg_bedell (Chicago) and Jorge Melendez @intiwatay (Sao Paulo). They are observing twins of our Sun