Public Invited to Watch Keck Astronomers Study Milky Way

July 2, 2014, 5:36 PM HST (Updated July 2, 2014, 5:39 PM) · 0 Comments

Ever wanted to look into the heart of our galaxy?

The W.M. Keck Observatory is providing that opportunity tonight.

The public is invited to a rare look into an observing run using the observatory’s twin 10-meter telescopes atop Mauna Kea.

A team from UCLA’s Galactic Center Group headed by Andrea Ghez will be steering both telescopes to study the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.

According to a Keck press release, the team will be studying an enigmatic object named GR and in the process setting up a test for Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity and gathering data on what the team describes as “The Paradox of Youth”: young objects developing around the black hole.

The viewing will take place from 9-10 p.m.

Click here for a link on the Keck website to watch.



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