Live From Keck Observatory: The Supermassive Black Hole – Keck Observatory hosts the UCLA Galactic Center Group

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Enjoy this rebroadcast of a rare observing run at the W. M. Keck Observatory, home of the two largest and most scientifically productive telescopes on Earth.

On the evening of July 3, 2014, both of the mighty 10-meter Keck Observatory telescopes were steered by Dr. Andrea Ghez and her team of observers from the UCLA Galactic Center Group to study the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. They studied an enigmatic object named G2, set up tests for Einstein's General Relativity and gathered more data on what they describe as The Paradox of Youth: objects unexpectedly developing around the black hole.

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Keck 1 MOSFIRE is scheduled with CIT observers. Keck 2 NIRC2-LGS is scheduled for UH observers. Sun set 06:37:00pm rise 06:32:00am
We are setting up MOSFIRE on Keck 1 for CIT observers, NIRC2-LGS on Keck 2 for UH observers. Sun set 06:37:00pm rise 06:32:00am
.@LindaLy79 Excellent question! Here is the best way to know: mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu. It's dedicated just to Mauna Kea weather
CIT observers will work with MOSFIRE tonight. And UCI observers will work with DEIMOS. Sun set 06:36:00pm rise 06:33:00am
Observers from CIT will use MOSFIRE on Keck 1, while on Keck 2, UCI observers will use DEIMOS. Sun set 06:36:00pm rise 06:34:00am