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Astronomy Talk: Geological Activity in the Solar System
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Astronomy Talk: Geological Activity in the Solar System Katherine de Kleer

From the elusive plumes of Europa to Enceladus’ dramatic cryovolcanic geysers and the extreme volcanism of Io, the Solar System hosts a wide spectrum of active... Read more »

Astronomy Talk: The 2015-16 El Niño: Wind on the Water and the Weather on Mauna Kea
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Astronomy Talk: The 2015-16 El Niño: Wind on the Water and the Weather on Mauna Kea Dr. Steven Businger

In 2015, the global wind machine fired up record numbers of powerful hurricanes in the central Pacific, with several making close passes to the Island of Hawaii. Is it... Read more »

Evenings with Astronomers: Voyage of Discovery - New Horizons for the W. M. Keck Observatory
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Evenings with Astronomers: Voyage of Discovery - New Horizons for the W. M. Keck Observatory Hilton Lewis

As a 28- year veteran Keck Observatory employee and now at the helm as observatory Director; I will trace the evolution of the Keck Observatory telescopes and how they... Read more »

Evenings with Astronomers: Galaxy Formation - A Journey through Cosmic Time
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Evenings with Astronomers: Galaxy Formation - A Journey through Cosmic Time Dr. Jean Brodie

Our journey begins some 13.7 billion years ago with the Big Bang. All the structure and diversity that we see around us today evolved from the primordial soup of matter... Read more »

Evenings with Astronomers: Black Holes and the Fate of the Universe
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Evenings with Astronomers: Black Holes and the Fate of the Universe Dr. Günther Hasinger

Black holes are ubiquitous, and very important components of our Universe. Stellar mass black holes formed in powerful gamma ray bursts in the early Universe.... Read more »

Evenings with Astronomers: MOSFIRE - A Backstage Pass to Frontier Science and Operations at Keck
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Evenings with Astronomers: MOSFIRE - A Backstage Pass to Frontier Science and Operations at Keck Dr. Marc Kassis

The MOSFIRE instrument is a case example of how Keck Observatory maintains its position as a premiere optical and infrared observatory by continuously implementing... Read more »

Building the Mighty Keck Observatory
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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 »

Evenings with Astronomers: Solving the Mysteries of Dark Matter
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Evenings with Astronomers: Solving the Mysteries of Dark Matter Dr. James Bullock

The possibility that something unseen but important exists in our universe is an idea that is both eerie and ancient; it reaches back at least 2500 years to the... Read more »

Evenings with Astronomers: Black Holes, Galaxies and the Evolution of the Universe
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Evenings with Astronomers: Black Holes, Galaxies and the Evolution of the Universe Dr. Meg Urry

Black holes form in the young Universe and, over the next 13 billion years or so, accrete enormous amounts of matter from the surrounding galaxy. By the present time, a... Read more »

Evenings with Astronomers: Finding Astronomical Fossils with Keck
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Evenings with Astronomers: Finding Astronomical Fossils with Keck Dr. Duncan Forbes

Ancient star clusters are the fossils of the astronomical world. They formed at early times in the Universe and many have survived to the present day. New discoveries... Read more »