Searching for Other Habitable Worlds – Dr. Gregory Laughlin

(June 18, 2008) Dr. Gregory Laughlin from the University of California at Santa Cruz and his colleagues have been leading the way in the search for exoplanets, discovering about 60% of known planets around other nearby stars. For more than a decade, most of the planets that were identified are gas giant planets like our Jupiter. Now, the Keck Planet Hunters are driving the world’s largest telescope to find small rocky planets at distances that could harbor liquid water, a prerequisite for habitable worlds.

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The sky is ready for LRIS-ADC and NIRC2-LGS. Our observers from UCB and NASA are also ready. Sun set 07:11:00pm rise 05:46:00am
Low energy X-ray debate settled. Cool movie, too. 1.usa.gov/1o7kwXF
Keck 1 HIRESR is scheduled with NASA observers. Keck 2 NIRC2-LGS is scheduled for NASA observers. Sun set 07:11:00pm rise 05:46:00am
We are setting up HIRESR on Keck 1 for NASA observers, DEIMOS on Keck 2 for UH observers. Sun set 07:12:00pm rise 05:45:00am
NASA observers will work with HIRESR tonight. And UH observers will work with DEIMOS. Sun set 07:12:00pm rise 05:45:00am