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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 »

A Mirror’s Perfect Reflection
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A Mirror’s Perfect Reflection

If you think washing the mirrors and windows in your home is a daunting task, imagine cleaning two of the largest light-collecting surfaces in the astronomy world—the twin 10-meter Keck telescope... Read more »

Dancing White Dwarfs
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Dancing White Dwarfs

The UCSB team that discovered a white dwarf binary. Left to Right: David Kaplan, Justin Steinfadt, Avi Shporer, Lars Bildsten. Credit: George Foulsham, Office of Public Affairs, UCSB. Astrophysicists... Read more »

Best in Show
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Best in Show

University of Hawaiʻi photographer R. David Beales won Best in Show at the University Photographers Association of America, or UPAA, competition for his December 2009 image “Mauna Kea Summit,”... Read more »

Possible new type of Supernovae puts Calcium in your Bones
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Possible new type of Supernovae puts Calcium in your Bones

One theory of this new exploding system, shown in the simulation images (above), is that a white dwarf steals helium from a companion until the mass thief becomes very hot and dense and a nuclear... Read more »