Recycling and Synthesis in the Cosmos – Dr. Mike Bolte

(February 10, 2008) Dr. Mike Bolte from the University of California Observatories discusses the enormous advances being made in the study of stellar evolution and the genesis of elements from the simple to the complex. Bolte and his collaborators make observations of the oldest stars and star clusters in our Milky Way Galaxy to better understand the first epoch of star formation. Catch a glimpse of the complex methodology and modeling required to measure the chemistry of the cosmos using the Keck telescopes.

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Observers from UC-lbnl/UCD will use MOSFIRE on Keck 1, while on Keck 2, UCD observers will use DEIMOS. Sun set 06:54:00pm rise 05:45:00am
On Keck 1, we have UH observers using MOSFIRE. On Keck 2, we have UCD observers using DEIMOS. Sun set 06:54:00pm rise 05:46:00am
UH observers will use MOSFIRE on Keck 1, and UCSC/UCLA observers will use ESI on Keck 2 tonight. Sun set 06:53:00pm rise 05:46:00am
Keck 1 target of opportunity! Detected the afterglow of a rare short-duration gamma ray burst. Extragalactic explosion, caught in the act.
Does this monster have exotic populations of stars at its center? We'll investigate with LRIS tonight. (3/3)