Keck Observatory’s Adaptive Optics featured on NPR

Jun. 24, 2013 by Joe Palca — For Sharpest Views, Scope The Sky With Quick-Change Mirrors

"It used to be that if astronomers wanted to get rid of the blurring effects of the atmosphere, they had to put their telescopes in space. But a technology called adaptive optics has changed all that..." 

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Tonight's schedule is HIRESR on Keck 1 and ESI on Keck 2 for our lucky observers from NASA and ANU. Sun set 06:55:00pm rise 05:54:00am
Here is the source of the great 360 image we posted earlier this week. Check out the panorama! bit.ly/1vtET7M
While our AO lasers excite a layer of sodium ions 60 miles above Earth, some lasers can hit the moon: bit.ly/XFVKsX
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Go Subaru! A Chemical Signature of First-Generation Very-Massive Stars bit.ly/1werIM2