2010 Lecture Series
Dr. Alex Filippenko
Celebrate the Holidays with the Mysteries of the Cosmos
(December 1, 2010) In this special lecture for Keck Observatory, “Celebrate the Holidays with the Mysteries of the Cosmos,” Alex Filippenko, professor of astronomy at the University of California at Berkeley, presents his research into the nature of dark energy and how modern observational astronomy is helping to develop a unified theory of forces. Learn how the Keck telescopes are playing an important role in unraveling some of the greatest mysteries of our time.
Dr. Michael Mumma
Methane on Mars: Current Knowledge, Earth Analogues and Principal Issues
(March 16, 2010) Dr. Michael Mumma of NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center presents “Methane on Mars: Current Knowledge, Earth Analogues and Principal Issues” as part of the 2010 Evenings with Astronomers lecture series held at the Fairmont Orchid. Mumma presents the ground breaking research on the first definitive detection of methane in the atmosphere of Mars. He then describes how his team will continue to apply the W. M. Keck Observatory, particularly its world leading adaptive optics system and NIRSPEC instrument, to more precisely identify the location of the planet’s methane emissions and ultimately to determine whether they come from a biological or geological source.
Dr. Sandra Faber
Probing Galaxy Evolution with Keck
(February 9, 2010) Dr. Sandra Faber of the University of California, Santa Cruz presents “Probing Galaxy Evolution with Keck” as part of the 2010 Evenings with Astronomers lecture series held at the Fairmont Orchid. Listen as Dr. Faber describes the important role the Keck telescopes and their world leading adaptive optics systems play in exploring galaxies and how these objects grow and evolve over cosmic time.
Dr. Michael Liu
Seeing the Invisible
(January 12, 2010) Dr. Michael Liu, of the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawai’i, presents “Seeing the Invisible: A Clearer Look at Cool, Failed Stars” as part of the 2010 Evenings with Astronomers lecture series held at the Fairmont Orchid. Listen as Dr. Liu describes the important role the Keck telescopes and their world leading adaptive optics systems play in studying brown dwarfs, the Sun’s tiny, “hidden neighbors” and other celestial mysteries.
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