Keck Talk: ‘The Restless Universe’

March 14, 2017, 10:30 AM HST (Updated March 14, 2017, 10:35 AM) · 0 Comments

Keck Observatory. Credit: BJ Fulton

“The Restless Universe: Palomar Transient Factory” will be presented at the Hualalai Learning Theater at Keck Headquarters on  Friday, March 24, 2017, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Dan David Prize Winner Shrinivas Kulkarni from the California Institute of Technology will discuss projects that aim to chart the night sky.

Cosmic explosions were first noted nearly 2,000 years ago but only in the past hundred years have astronomers secured recognition of classes of explosions ranging from exotic eruptions to the death of stars (supernovae).

The Palomar Transient Factory (PTF) and its successor, the Zwicky Transient Factory (ZTF) are high-tech projects squarely aimed to chart the night sky and find “booms and blips in the middle of the night.”

These projects working with the Keck Observatory are already making discoveries and are ready to complement the nation’s future flagship project, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST).

The talk is free and open to the public

Keck Astronomy Talks are supported by the Rob and Terry Ryan Foundation and the Rising Stars Fund.


Keck Headquarters is located at 65-1120 Māmalahoa Highway.



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