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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 »

Hawaii’s Coldest, Steepest Job
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Hawaii’s Coldest, Steepest Job

Imagine scanning the Help Wanted ads and finding this:?MEN WANTED for hazardous journey, small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful, honor and... Read more »

“I Am Oz, The Great and Powerful…”
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“I Am Oz, The Great and Powerful…”

When the Wizard of Oz roared that line, he was hidden behind a curtain. He knew all too well that he was not particularly great nor very powerful, and wanted no one to find out (a scheme foiled by... Read more »

Weight-Watchers Guide to the Universe: Obese Galaxies Aren’t Dieting
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Weight-Watchers Guide to the Universe: Obese Galaxies Aren’t Dieting

Humans are not alone in their struggle against an increasing waistline.  Astronomers believe that galaxies too put on weight throughout their lives, growing not only by consuming hydrogen gas—which... Read more »

NSF Awards $1.72 Million to Improve Keck I Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics
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NSF Awards $1.72 Million to Improve Keck I Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics

This image shows the Keck I laser, which is part of the telescope’s Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics system. The laser is launched from the center of the telescope behind the secondary mirror.... Read more »

Reverse Cosmic Lens Advances Quasar Studies
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Reverse Cosmic Lens Advances Quasar Studies

This image of the first-ever foreground quasar (blue) lensing a background galaxy (red) was taken with the Keck II telescope and its NIRC-2 instrument using laser guide star adaptive optics.... Read more »

Keck Observatory in the Community
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Keck Observatory in the Community

Steve Doyle, an instrument and optics technician at the Observatory, checks out one of the underwater robots entered in the 2010 International R.O.V. competition. Credit: Baron Sekiya, Hawaii... Read more »