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Keck Observatory Completes $4 Million Adaptive Optics Fund

Kamuela, Hawaii – The W. M. Keck Observatory has successfully completed a $4 million campaign that will give astronomers the most detailed Adaptive Optics images of the cosmos ever created by... Read more »


Astronomers Open Window Into Europa’s Ocean

KAMUELA, Hawaii—With data collected from the mighty W. M. Keck Observatory, California Institute of Technology (Caltech) astronomer Mike Brown — known as the Pluto killer for discovering a... Read more »


Astronomers Detect Water in Atmosphere of Distant Planet

KAMUELA, HI – A team of international scientists using the W. M. Keck Observatory has made the most detailed examination yet of the atmosphere of a Jupiter-size planet beyond our Solar... Read more »


Mega-galaxy is Missing Link in History of Cosmos

Kamuela, Hawaii – Two hungry young galaxies that collided 11 billion years ago are rapidly forming a massive galaxy about 10 times the size of the Milky Way, according to UC Irvine-led research... Read more »

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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... Read more »


New Class of Star Cluster Discovered

Kamuela, Hawaii – Star clusters with properties not seen before have been discovered by an international team of astrophysicists, led by Swinburne University of Technology’s Professor Duncan... Read more »


Astronomers Observe Distant Galaxy Powered by Primordial Cosmic Fuel

Kamuela, HI -- Astronomers have detected cold streams of primordial hydrogen, vestigial matter left over from the Big Bang, fueling a distant star-forming galaxy in the early Universe. Profuse flows... Read more »


Telescopes Large and Small Team Up to Study Triple Asteroid

Kamuela, HI -- Combining observations from the world’s largest telescopes with small telescopes used by amateur astronomers, a team of scientists discovered that the large main-belt asteroid (87)... Read more »


Caltech Scientists Detects First Progenitor of Type 1b Supernova

Kamuela, Hawaii — Powerful new survey telescopes led by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) are being combined with the W. M. Keck Observatory to provide insight into rare, exotic... Read more »


Kepler Team Validates 41 New Exoplanets with Keck I

Mauna Kea, Hawaii – The Kepler team today reports on four years of observations from the W. M. Keck Observatory targeting Kepler's exoplanet systems, announcing results this week at the American... Read more »


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 »

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 »


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 »


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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Our guests tonight are observers from UCLA and CIT, using OSIRIS-LGS and DEIMOS respectively. Sun set 06:14:00pm rise 06:05:00am
Tonight observers from UCLA and CIT will use OSIRIS-LGS and DEIMOS. Sun set 06:15:00pm rise 06:05:00am
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HIRESR and DEIMOS are the instruments tonight. Observers are from UCLA and CIT. Sun set 06:16:00pm rise 06:04:00am
Tonight's schedule is HIRESR on Keck 1 and DEIMOS on Keck 2 for our lucky observers from UCSC and Yale. Sun set 06:17:00pm rise 06:04:00am