Astronomy Talk: Stars Born in Extreme Environments – Dr. Jessica Lu

This is a recoding of a Keck Observatory Astronomy Talk given by Dr. Jessica Lu,  NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii (IfA). Her talk, 'Stars Born in Extreme Environments', was given on September 26, 2012 at the Gates Performing Arts Center at Hawaii Preparatory Academy. 

The W. M. Keck Observatory operates two 10-meter optical/infrared telescopes on the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. The twin telescopes feature a suite of advanced instruments including imagers, multi-object spectrographs, high-resolution spectrographs, integral-field spectroscopy and a world-leading laser guide star adaptive optics system which cancels out much of the interference caused by Earth’s turbulent atmosphere. The Observatory is a private 501(c) 3 non-profit organization and a scientific partnership of the California Institute of Technology, the University of California and NASA.

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Observers from NASA will use MOSFIRE on Keck 1, while on Keck 2, KECK observers will use NIRC2-LGS. Sun set 06:52:00pm rise 05:50:00am
On Keck 1, we have UCSC observers using MOSFIRE. On Keck 2, we have UCSB/UCLA observers using NIRC2-LGS. Sun set 06:51:00pm rise 05:51:00am
UCSC observers will use MOSFIRE on Keck 1, and UCSB/UCLA observers will use NIRC2-LGS on Keck 2 tonight. Sun set 06:51:00pm rise 05:51:00am
BOOM! First Potentially Habitable Earth-Size Planet Confirmed by Keck and Gemini. bit.ly/1pdXHZ9 pic.twitter.com/Yb1oA2MetB