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Keck Observatory raises funds to support game-changing innovations in astronomical research: our new MAGIQ HIRES guider system to better detect earth-like planets, MOSFIRE’s multiplex spectroscopy... Read more »

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First Potentially Habitable Earth-Sized Planet Confirmed by Keck and Gemini Observatories

The first Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting within the habitable zone of another star has been confirmed by observations with both the W. M. Keck Observatory and the Gemini Observatory. The initial... Read more »

Cosmic Matters

Total Lunar Eclipse

Waimea, Hawaii—Hawaii Fans of Keck Observatory are in prime position to view a total lunar eclipse tonight—one of two expected this year.After the full moon rises at sunset, the eclipse will... Read more »

Cosmic Matters

Aussie Scientist Finds Rare Supernova at Keck Observatory

By Prof. Duncan ForbesIt was a dark and stormy night in the city of Angels. Well, actually it wasn't. But more on that later...It was a clear night on the summit of Mauna Kea at Keck Observatory on... Read more »

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Hilton A. Lewis Named Interim Keck Observatory Director

Kamuela, Hawaii – The Board of Directors of the W. M. Keck Observatory has named Hilton A. Lewis Interim Director of the observatory, which operates the two Keck telescopes on Mauna Kea, Hawaii.... Read more »

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Distant Asteroid Revealed to be a Complex Mini Geological World

Mauna Kea, HI—After 8 years of observations scientists from the SETI Institute have found an exotic orbit for the largest Trojan asteroid, (624) Hektor—the only one known to possess a moon. The... Read more »

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Water Vapor Detected in the Atmosphere of a Hot Jupiter

Mauna Kea, HI—California Institute of Technology (Caltech) astronomers using data gathered at the W. M. Keck Observatory have developed a new technique for planetary scientists that could provide... Read more »

Cosmic Matters

Serendipitous Supernova

By Steve JeffersonTwo weeks ago a group of astronomy students from the University of London Observatory were getting an introductory demonstration on how to use a telescope-mounted camera. With... Read more »

Cosmic Video

Astronomy Talk: Examining the Planet-Forming Zone Around New Stars Dr. Greg Doppmann

This Cosmic Video was produced from the February 11, 2014 Astronomy Talk given at Kahilu Theatre. The original description is below:W. M. Keck Observatory astronomer... Read more »

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NASA observers will work with MOSFIRE tonight. And UCSC observers will work with ESI. Sun set 06:52:00pm rise 05:49:00am
Observers from NASA will use MOSFIRE on Keck 1, while on Keck 2, KECK observers will use NIRC2-LGS. Sun set 06:52:00pm rise 05:50:00am
On Keck 1, we have UCSC observers using MOSFIRE. On Keck 2, we have UCSB/UCLA observers using NIRC2-LGS. Sun set 06:51:00pm rise 05:51:00am
UCSC observers will use MOSFIRE on Keck 1, and UCSB/UCLA observers will use NIRC2-LGS on Keck 2 tonight. Sun set 06:51:00pm rise 05:51:00am

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