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Public Invited to Watch Keck Astronomers Study Milky Way

Posted July 2, 2014, 05:36 PM HST
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The public is invited to watch tonight during an observing run by the twin Keck telescopes atop Mauna Kea. Keck photo by Ethan Tweedie.

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.

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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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