March 28, 2012
Nobel Laureate astronomer Brian Schmidt presents the story of the discovery of dark energy to an audience of enthusiastic Keck Observatory donors at the Fairmont Orchid, Big Island of Hawai’i, on March 20, 2012.
The W. M. Keck Observatory operates two 10-meter optical/infrared telescopes on the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. The twin telescopes feature a suite of advanced instruments including imagers, multi-object spectrographs, high-resolution spectrographs, integral-field spectroscopy and a world-leading laser guide star adaptive optics system which cancels out much of the interference caused by Earth’s turbulent atmosphere. The Observatory is a private 501(c) 3 non-profit organization and a scientific partnership of the California Institute of Technology, the University of California and NASA.