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Building the Mighty Keck Observatory Credit: JPL

In 1985, construction began on what was to become, and still remain, the biggest optical/infrared telescopes on Earth. Since first science in 1993 for Keck I and 1996... 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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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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Rare Brown Dwarf Discovery Provides Benchmark for Future Exoplanet Research

MAUNA KEA, HAWAII – A team of researchers led by Justin R. Crepp, the Freimann Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Notre Dame, has directly imaged a very rare type of brown dwarf... Read more »

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While our AO lasers excite a layer of sodium ions 60 miles above Earth, some lasers can hit the moon: bit.ly/XFVKsX
The sky is ready for HIRESR and ESI. Our observers from UCB and UH are also ready. Sun set 06:56:00pm rise 05:54:00am
Go Subaru! A Chemical Signature of First-Generation Very-Massive Stars bit.ly/1werIM2
Keck 1 HIRESR is scheduled with UCB observers. Keck 2 ESI/ESI-IFU is scheduled for KECK/UH observers. Sun set 06:57:00pm rise 05:54:00am
UH observers will work with HIRESR tonight. And NASA observers will work with NIRC2-LGS. Sun set 06:58:00pm rise 05:53:00am

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