1. Cosmic Video: MOSFIRE – A Backstage Pass to Frontier Science and Operations at Keck

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    The MOSFIRE instrument is a case example of how Keck Observatory maintains its position as a premiere optical and infrared observatory by continuously implementing complex innovations that lead to astronomical discoveries both imagined and unforeseen. During this presentation, Dr. Marc Kassis, Keck Observatory Support Astronomer, will share with you the advances MOSFIRE has made, some of the instrument’s technical challenges, and the complex observing strategies employed by Keck astronomers to achieve their scientific goals. Dr. Kassis will also share recent MOSFIRE discoveries spanning our local neighborhood of exoplanets to galaxies at the far reaches of the universe; all of which he has witnessed in the two years since MOSFIRE’s first light on the Keck I telescope.

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    • Three Nights at the Keck

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      Produced under a competitive grant from the National Academy of Sciences, the winner of its nationwide competition to select the best new idea in science television.

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      • Astronomy Talk: MOSFIRE

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        On April 4, 2012 a new instrument obtained “first light” on the Keck I Telescope at the W. M. Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea. Known as MOSFIRE, for Multi-Object Spectrometer For Infra-Red Exploration, it is the most advanced capability available today to study star formation, galaxy formation and the early universe. What makes this huge, vacuum-cryogenic instrument unique is its ability to select up to 46 individual objects in the field of view and then record the infrared spectrum of all 46 objects simultaneously. Professor Ian McLean of the University of California at Los Angeles and co-principal investigator of MOSFIRE will describe some of the technical challenges that were overcome in developing and commissioning this multi-year, multi-million dollar instrument as well as share early science results ranging from the discovery of ultra-cool, nearby substellar mass objects, to the detection of oxygen in young galaxies only 2 billion years after the Big Bang. This lecture was given on May 22 2013 at the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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        • Astronomy Talk: Stars Born in Extreme Environments

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          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.

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          • Astronomy Talk: The Magnificent Night Sky -- How to Protect It

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            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

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            • The Accelerating Universe: On the Secrets of Dark Energy

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              Nobel Laureate astronomer Brian Schmidt presents the story of the discovery of dark energy to an audience of enthusiastic Keck Observatory donors at the Fairmont Orchid, Big Island of Hawai'i, on March 20, 2012.

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              • From Hot Jupiters to Habitable Planets, Part 2

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                Dr. Debra Fischer, Yale University, explains the lively science of planet hunting. This talk was delivered on Feb. 27, 2012, under balmy Hawaiian night skies at The Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island of Hawai'i to an enthusiastic audience of Friends of the W. M. Keck Observatory.

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                • From Hot Jupiters to Habitable Planets, Part 1

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                  Dr. Debra Fischer, Yale University, explains the lively science of planet hunting. This talk was delivered on Feb. 27, 2012, under balmy Hawaiian night skies at The Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island of Hawai'i to an enthusiastic audience of Friends of the W. M. Keck Observatory.

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