Keck Next Campaigns: CWI and NGAO

Cosmic Web Imager

Cosmic Web Imager (CWI)

This unique optical integral-field spectrograph will be used on Keck II to probe new fields of observations including how galaxies and the intergalactic medium co-evolved over the history of the Universe. Read more »

Keck Next: Next Generation Adaptive Optics

Next Generation Adaptive Optics (NGAO)

NGAO's significant improvements will allow opportunities for discovery including: charting the evolution of galaxies over cosmic time in an unprecedented fashion; profound gains in our understanding of the galactic center; and the ability to directly image of exoplanets previously not possible. Read more »

Cosmic Matters

Director Lewis Shares Vision for Keck Observatory

WAIMEA, HI – As those of you lucky enough to have joined us last Thursday underneath the Hawaiian stars and by the surf of Kauna’oa know, we wrapped up our 10 th season of the Evenings with... Read more »

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Unusual Asteroid Suspected of Spinning to Explosion

Mauna Kea, Hawaii – A team led by astronomers from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, recently used the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii to observe and measure a rare class of “active... Read more »

Cosmic Video

Astronomy Talk: America’s Space Program - NASA’s Roadmap to Tomorrow’s Missions Charles Bolden

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will discuss America’s space program and the challenges the agency faces for the missions of tomorrow. Using a stepping stone... Read more »

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​Mars Lost an Ocean’s Worth of Water

MAUNA KEA, HI – A primitive ocean on Mars once held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean, according to NASA scientists who measured signatures of water in the planet’s atmosphere using the most... Read more »

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​Thermonuclear Supernova Ejects Galaxy’s Fastest Star

MAUNA KEA, HI – Scientists using the W. M. Keck Observatory and Pan-STARRS1 telescopes on Hawaii have discovered a star that breaks the galactic speed record, traveling with a velocity of about... Read more »

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Supernova Split into Four Images by Cosmic Lens

MAUNA KEA, HI – Astronomers have for the first time spotted four images of a distant exploding star, arranged in a cross-shape pattern by a powerful gravitational lens. In addition to being a... Read more »

Cosmic Video

Astronomy Talk: Extreme Stars at the Center of the Galaxy Dr. Mark Morris

The Stellar Zoo at the center of our Milky Way Galaxy would be quite unfamiliar to a terrestrial visitor. Not only do the types of stars differ in many ways from what we... Read more »

Cosmic Video

Astronomy Talk: The Art and Science of the Weather on the Island of Hawaii Dr. Steven Businger

University of Hawaii Meterorology Professor, Steven Businger will offer a layman's look at the amazing variety of weather experienced by the Island of Hawaii and will... Read more »

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Twitter Feed

UH observers will use MOSFIRE on Keck 1, and UCSC/UCLA observers will use ESI on Keck 2 tonight. Sun set 06:53:00pm rise 05:46:00am
Keck 1 target of opportunity! Detected the afterglow of a rare short-duration gamma ray burst. Extragalactic explosion, caught in the act.
Does this monster have exotic populations of stars at its center? We'll investigate with LRIS tonight. (3/3)
Special target for Keck 1: NGC 4889 is one of the brightest galaxies known and hosts the largest supermassive black hole ever detected (2/3)
Tonight on Keck 1: looking for low-mass stars in high-mass galaxies with LRIS. (1/2)

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