Jan 31, 2022

Exploring the Ice Giants with Keck Observatory and Other Telescopes

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Thu, Feb 17 at 7 PM PST.


Heidi Hammel, Vice President for Science, The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA)


During the late 1980s, our understanding of the local ice giants — Uranus and Neptune — was revolutionized by detailed images taken by the Voyager spacecraft. However, those images were static: brief snapshots in time of complex and dynamic systems. Recently, our knowledge of these giant planets has undergone striking new advances. In this talk, Dr. Hammel will bring you up to date on these planets, discussing her results from the Hubble Space Telescope program, imaging from Keck Observatory’s telescopes, and other observations. She will also discuss her team’s plans to use the just-launched James Webb Space Telescope for ice giant studies.

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