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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UCLA observers will work with MOSFIRE tonight. And UCI/UCB observers will work with NIRC2-LGS/NIRC2-NGS. Sun set 05:59:00pm rise 06:12:00am
Observers from UCR will use MOSFIRE on Keck 1, while on Keck 2, UCI observers will use DEIMOS. Sun set 06:00:00pm rise 06:12:00am
On Keck 1, we have UCR observers using LRIS-ADC. On Keck 2, we have Swinburne observers using ESI. Sun set 06:00:00pm rise 06:11:00am
CIT observers will use LRISP-ADC on Keck 1, and UCSC observers will use ESI on Keck 2 tonight. Sun set 06:01:00pm rise 06:11:00am
Our guests tonight are observers from UCSC and Swinburne, using LRISP-ADC and DEIMOS respectively. Sun set 06:02:00pm rise 06:10:00am