Making it Big in Astronomy – Dr. Jerry Nelson

(December 19, 2007) In 1977 Jerry Nelson was physicist at UC’s Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and he was asked to join a group to vision the future of US astronomy. For Nelson it was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to design a major apparatus with “cosmic implications.” His work translated into the revolutionary twin 10-meter Keck telescopes. Decades later, Nelson’s gift for devising solutions to large technical challenges continues to make its mark in astronomical innovation.
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The sky is ready for MOSFIRE and ESI. Our observers from CIT-Y and ANU are also ready. Sun set 06:53:00pm rise 05:47:00am
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Keck 1 MOSFIRE is scheduled with UH observers. Keck 2 ESI is scheduled for UCSD observers. Sun set 06:53:00pm rise 05:48:00am
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@CrewChief75 There's two problems: No eye piece (and often no camera hooked up); and the data belongs to the astronomer for 18 months.