Shadow the Scientists – Research as a Spectator Sport

 The Shadow the Scientists (StS) initiative out of UC Santa Cruz offers the opportunity for students anywhere in the world to eavesdrop via Zoom on professional astronomers as they carry out observations with W. M. Keck Observatory and other leading research telescopes (Subaru Telescope, Gemini North, Lick Observatory Shane Telescope, etc.). Last fall, the StS team received three years of funding from the Heising-Simons Foundation. StS sessions have now been hosted by a few different research groups. Most StS sessions have been open to all, but a few sessions have been dedicated sessions that specifically targeted students and educators from historically excluded groups. We are now in the process of expanding StS to other fields of research.

The staff and management of the W. M. Keck Observatory wish to offer our deepest gratitude to our Astronomy Talk Series sponsors, Rob and Terry Ryan. 

Guest Speaker

Dr. Puragra Guhathakurta

Distinguished Professor, Astronomer & Department Chair, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics
University of California Santa Cruz

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