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Behind the Lens: An Interview with Dr. Mike Liu
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Behind the Lens: An Interview with Dr. Mike Liu

In anticipation of Keck Week's Science Meeting, we spent some time with one of the presenters, Dr. Michael Liu to find out what it was like to be an astronomer.What is it like to be “behind the... Read more »

Polynesian Paradox
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Polynesian Paradox

Tropical trade winds kissing swaying palms, fruity mai tais adorned with orchids, and azure waves rhythmically lapping against powder white sand beaches…These are all images that come to mind when... Read more »

Keck captures most detailed images of Uranus ever obtained from Earth
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Keck captures most detailed images of Uranus ever obtained from Earth

These two images of Uranus are composites of 117 images from 25 July 2012 (left) and 118 images from 26 July 2012 (right), all obtained with the near-infrared NIRC2 camera on the Keck II telescope.... Read more »

Dim Gets Ridiculously Dimmer
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Dim Gets Ridiculously Dimmer

Geese come in gaggles, bass in shoals and a crowd of crows is called a murder. Likewise, there are names for groups of stars. They come in constellations, globular clusters, dwarf galaxies and... Read more »

Galaxies Juggling, Galaxies Square, Galaxies, Galaxies Everywhere
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Galaxies Juggling, Galaxies Square, Galaxies, Galaxies Everywhere

Sometimes the universe seems like something from Dr. Seuss. In recent weeks astronomers have demonstrated this by announcing the discovery of juggling galaxies as well as a square, emerald-cut, gem... Read more »

50 Years Building the Telescopes
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50 Years Building the Telescopes

In 1987 there were 2 billion fewer people on the planet, The Simpsons were brand new to television, a first class stamp cost 22 cents and the first ?naked-eye? supernova in almost 400 years had... Read more »

How to Count to One
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How to Count to One

Generally speaking, if you want to study science, you should study the language of science, which is math. Why is it then, that when astronomers are faced with a kindergarten-level math problem like... Read more »

Keeping Keck Telescopes Shiny
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Keeping Keck Telescopes Shiny

By Andrew Cooper A telescope is all about the primary mirror.  Be it a lens or a curved mirror, the size of the primary matters. The larger the primary the more light that can be gathered, allowing... Read more »

Astronomical Myths & Facts
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Astronomical Myths & Facts

This our first in what we hope becomes a series of Observatory Intelligence Quotient (O.I.Q.) quizzes. Ready, set, go!  1) TRUE or FALSE? Keck astronomers are easily identified in the streets of... Read more »

Interns Find Opportunities at Keck Observatory
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Interns Find Opportunities at Keck Observatory

Young people these days. They go through high school and college, trying to find their way in the world with gloom, doom and debt all around them. The path to becoming a highly skilled and employable... Read more »