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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 »

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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 »

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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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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 »

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First Detailed Look at a Normal Galaxy in the Very Early Universe

Mauna Kea, Hawaii – University of Hawaii at Manoa astronomer Regina Jorgenson has obtained the first image that shows the structure of a normal galaxy in the early universe as captured by the W. M.... 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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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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Live From Keck Observatory: The Supermassive Black Hole Keck Observatory hosts the UCLA Galactic Center Group

Enjoy this rebroadcast of a rare observing run at the W. M. Keck Observatory, home of the two largest and most scientifically productive telescopes on Earth.On the... Read more »

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Our guests tonight are observers from UCSC and Swinburne, using LRISP-ADC and DEIMOS respectively. Sun set 06:02:00pm rise 06:10:00am
Tonight observers from NASA and CIT will use LRIS-ADC and DEIMOS. Sun set 06:02:00pm rise 06:10:00am
Comet Siding Spring and Mars in a never-before-seen close passage on 10/19/14 1.usa.gov/12swEQi pic.twitter.com/JRocfaMkoe
LRIS-ADC and DEIMOS are the instruments tonight. Observers are from UCLA and UCSC. Sun set 06:04:00pm rise 06:09:00am
Here on Keck 2 the 1st of our 2 primary fields has just risen above the horizon, so we are busily collecting photons from distant galaxies.