November 10 - 16, 2014 Stargazer: A Keck Discovery + The Rosetta Comet Landing

Nov 10, 2014

Credit Courtesy of Shawn Laatsch

We’ve got a meteor shower to look for this week, plus we hear about a local discovery involving the Keck Observatories as HPR’s Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer report.

The G2 as observed by the Keck researchers. They note that the infrared data shows G2 survived its closest approach to the black hole.
Credit Andrea Ghez, Gunther Witzel/UCLA Galactic Center Group/W. M. Keck Observatory

According to the observatory officials, the Keck facility used adaptive optics to make the discovery that G2 is actually a pair of binary stars.
Credit Ethan Tweedie Photography

See the historic European Space Agency spaceship landing on a comet! Watch the Rosetta comet landing live as it happens with this player; the action starting at 9am Hawai'i time on Tuesday November 11: