The Magnificent Night Sky—How to Protect It – Dr. Wainscoat

The advent and spread of electrical lighting has made it ever harder to find the dark skies valued by professional and amateur astronomers, not to mention lovers of starry skies in general. Dr. Wainscoat tells the story about light pollution and astronomy, with special emphasis on light pollution’s effects on the world’s best astronomical observing site: Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Dr. Wainscoast is an astronomer as well as an accomplished photographer. This talk was given at the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea-Kamuela, Hawaii, on April 5, 2012.

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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CIT observers will work with MOSFIRE tonight. And CIT observers will work with DEIMOS. Sun set 05:52:00pm rise 06:25:00am
Observers from CIT will use MOSFIRE on Keck 1, while on Keck 2, CIT observers will use DEIMOS. Sun set 05:52:00pm rise 06:24:00am
Just released: Fantastic image of Europa Re-mastered from 1990's Galileo data. 1.usa.gov/1Fbl1eH pic.twitter.com/ZpL9r2il5w
Aloha Friday! For your commute home.. The Cosmic Cocktail: three parts dark matter - Pod Academy bit.ly/1t97ZqB
On Keck 1, we have CIT observers using LRIS-ADC. On Keck 2, we have UCB observers using DEIMOS. Sun set 05:52:00pm rise 06:24:00am