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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Keck 1 HIRESR is scheduled with UCB observers. Keck 2 ESI/ESI-IFU is scheduled for KECK/UH observers. Sun set 06:57:00pm rise 05:54:00am
UH observers will work with HIRESR tonight. And NASA observers will work with NIRC2-LGS. Sun set 06:58:00pm rise 05:53:00am
Super Cool! Click for 3d image of the Mauna Kea Observatories ------> bit.ly/VAi1GJ pic.twitter.com/VKWy2z2Fqz
Observers from UCR will use MOSFIRE on Keck 1, while on Keck 2, CIT-Y observers will use NIRC2-LGS. Sun set 06:59:00pm rise 05:53:00am
On Keck 1, we have UCR observers using MOSFIRE. On Keck 2, we have UH observers using NIRC2-LGS. Sun set 07:00:00pm rise 05:52:00am