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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 »

Hana Hou! features Keck Observatory
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Hana Hou! features Keck Observatory

Hana Hou! editor at large Julia Steele visits the Keck Observatory and stands in front of the 10-meter Keck II telescope during her trip to research the work being done on Mauna Kea. Credit: Ashley... Read more »

Zooming in on Infant Planetary Systems
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Zooming in on Infant Planetary Systems

Like a raindrop forming in a cloud, a star forms in a diffuse gas cloud in deep space. As the star grows, its gravitational pull draws in dust and gas from the surrounding molecular cloud to form a... Read more »

Keck Observatory Project Scientist wins 2010 Kavli Prize
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Keck Observatory Project Scientist wins 2010 Kavli Prize

Jerry Nelson, designer of the Keck telescopes, stands in front of the Keck I dome. Credit: Roger Ressmeyer/CORBIS. Jerry Nelson, an astronomer at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and... Read more »

Keck Astronomer Wins Gruber Prize for Cosmology
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Keck Astronomer Wins Gruber Prize for Cosmology

Charles Steidel, the Lee A. DuBridge Professor of Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology, is the recipient of the 2010 Cosmology Prize of the Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation in... Read more »