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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We are setting up HIRESR on Keck 1 for CIT observers, NIRSPEC/NIRC2-NGS on Keck 2 for NASA observers. Sun set 07:09:00pm rise 05:48:00am
UCB observers will work with HIRESR tonight. And NASA/UCSD observers will work with NIRSPEC/NIRC2-NGS. Sun set 07:09:00pm rise 05:47:00am
Congratulations Andrea Ghez @UCLA and #GalacticCenter team! Love, W. M. Keck Observatory bit.ly/1DWqDI0
SCIENCE NEWS: Astronomers @keckobservatory & @NASA_Hubble use microlensing to find Uranus-sizd #exoplanet bit.ly/1DcPixb
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