Cosmic Matters

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Total Lunar Eclipse

Waimea, Hawaii—Hawaii Fans of Keck Observatory are in prime position to view a total lunar eclipse tonight—one of two expected this year.After the full moon rises at sunset, the eclipse will... Read more »

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Aussie Scientist Finds Rare Supernova at Keck Observatory

By Prof. Duncan ForbesIt was a dark and stormy night in the city of Angels. Well, actually it wasn't. But more on that later...It was a clear night on the summit of Mauna Kea at Keck Observatory on... Read more »

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Hilton A. Lewis Named Interim Keck Observatory Director

Kamuela, Hawaii – The Board of Directors of the W. M. Keck Observatory has named Hilton A. Lewis Interim Director of the observatory, which operates the two Keck telescopes on Mauna Kea, Hawaii.... Read more »

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Dr. Arthur M. Wolfe (1939-2014)

Arthur M. Wolfe, an American astrophysicist who for a decade directed the Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences at the University of California, San Diego and achieved widespread recognition for... Read more »

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Serendipitous Supernova

By Steve JeffersonTwo weeks ago a group of astronomy students from the University of London Observatory were getting an introductory demonstration on how to use a telescope-mounted camera. With... Read more »

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Keck Observatory Redirects Photons to Save

By Andrew Cooper If you have been through Waimea lately, you've probably noticed a great deal of work taking place on the roofs of the W. M. Keck Observatory headquarters buildings, with installers... Read more »

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All About ISON

By Andrew Cooper Professional and amateur astronomers alike are getting ready for comet C/2012 S1 ISON, possibly the highlight of a year that has already seen several good comets. Comet ISON was... Read more »

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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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Keck 1 HIRESR is scheduled with NASA observers. Keck 2 NIRC2-LGS is scheduled for UH observers. Sun set 06:19:00pm rise 06:03:00am
We are setting up OSIRIS-LGS on Keck 1 for KECK observers, NIRC2-LGS on Keck 2 for UH observers. Sun set 06:20:00pm rise 06:03:00am
Science giant Nature recently reported on Maunakea: The mountain-top battle over the Thirty Meter Telescope
KECK/UH* observers will work with PCS+SSC/HIRESR* tonight. And NASA observers will work with NIRC2-LGS. Sun set 06:21:00pm rise 06:03:00am
UH observers will use HIRESR on Keck 1, and UCB observers will use NIRC2-NGS on Keck 2 tonight. Sun set 06:23:00pm rise 06:02:00am