From Keck to Future 30-m ELT



Caption:
Animation showing the improvement in resolution in the central 0.5'' of the Galaxy from seeing-limited to Keck + Adaptive Optics to future Extremely Large Telescopes + Adaptive Optics. Actual orbits are shown in the seeing-limited and Keck cases, while additional simulated orbits are included for the ELT case. See a side-by-side comparison in the 3-panel animation below.



Astro 2010 White Paper: The Galactic Center: A Laboratory for Fundamental Astrophysics and Galactic Nuclei



Additional Formats:
QuickTime (.mov) format




Additional Animations and Images:
3 panel animation comparing seeing-limited, Keck+NGAO, and ELT+AO   MOV format   GIF format
Seeing-limited image of the central 0.5''
Image of the central 0.5'' as seen with Keck+AO
Stellar orbits in the central 0.5'' as seen with Keck+AO
Image of the central 0.5'' expected with Keck+NGAO
Stellar orbits in the central 0.5'' expected with Keck+NGAO
Image of the central 0.5'' expected with ELT+AO
Stellar orbits in the central 0.5'' expected with ELT+AO