Cosmic Matters

Cosmic Matters

Dr. George H. Herbig (1920-2013)

Dr. George H. Herbig, astronomer emeritus at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a member of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, has died at the age of 93. "George was a giant of... Read more »

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Working Retreat Rewards All

What did a Waimea Middle School chicken say to the Black Hole? The black hole will never know – sound can’t travel in space.   But last week, the two got as close to communicating as ever before... Read more »

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Keck Observatory’s Adaptive Optics featured on NPR

Jun. 24, 2013 by Joe Palca — For Sharpest Views, Scope The Sky With Quick-Change Mirrors"It used to be that if astronomers wanted to get rid of the blurring effects of the atmosphere, they had to... Read more »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Cassini Watches Mysterious Feature Evolve in Titan Sea - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory 1.usa.gov/1xupNTe
Hilton Lewis Appointed Director of W. M. Keck Observatory | W. M. Keck Observatory bit.ly/YCyyf2
LRIS-ADC and DEIMOS are the instruments tonight. Observers are from CIT and UCSC. Sun set 06:23:00pm rise 06:02:00am
Tonight's schedule is LRIS-ADC on Keck 1 and DEIMOS on Keck 2 for our lucky observers from UCSC and CIT. Sun set 06:23:00pm rise 06:02:00am
New molecule found in space connotes life origins | Cornell Chronicle bit.ly/1pxdqNb

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