Merging Galaxies Illuminate the Cosmic Food Chain

MAUNA KEA, HAWAII – Scientists studying a ‘twin’ of the Milky Way have used the W. M. Keck Observatory and Subaru Observatory to accurately model how it is swallowing another, smaller... Read more »


Ancient Worlds from Another Galaxy Discovered Next Door

MAUNA KEA, HI -- An international team of scientists, led by astronomers at Queen Mary University of London, report of two new planets orbiting Kapteyn’s star, one of the oldest stars found near... Read more »


Planet Found with an 80,000-Year Orbit

MAUNA KEA, HAWAII – A team of researchers has discovered and photographed a gas giant only 155 light years from our solar system, adding to the short list of exoplanets discovered through direct... Read more »


First Potentially Habitable Earth-Sized Planet Confirmed by Keck and Gemini Observatories

The first Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting within the habitable zone of another star has been confirmed by observations with both the W. M. Keck Observatory and the Gemini Observatory. The initial... Read more »


Distant Asteroid Revealed to be a Complex Mini Geological World

Mauna Kea, HI—After 8 years of observations scientists from the SETI Institute have found an exotic orbit for the largest Trojan asteroid, (624) Hektor—the only one known to possess a moon. The... Read more »


Water Vapor Detected in the Atmosphere of a Hot Jupiter

Mauna Kea, HI—California Institute of Technology (Caltech) astronomers using data gathered at the W. M. Keck Observatory have developed a new technique for planetary scientists that could provide... Read more »


Rare Brown Dwarf Discovery Provides Benchmark for Future Exoplanet Research

MAUNA KEA, HAWAII – A team of researchers led by Justin R. Crepp, the Freimann Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Notre Dame, has directly imaged a very rare type of brown dwarf... Read more »


UCSC Scientists Capture First Cosmic Web Filaments at Keck Observatory

MAUNA KEA, HAWAII – Astronomers have discovered a distant quasar illuminating a vast nebula of diffuse gas, revealing for the first time part of the network of filaments thought to connect galaxies... Read more »


Keck Observatory Director Taft Armandroff to Step Down

Kamuela, HI – The Board of Directors of the W. M. Keck Observatory announced today that Taft Armandroff, executive director of the world’s premier ground-based astronomical observatory,... Read more »


First Detailed Look at a Normal Galaxy in the Very Early Universe

Mauna Kea, Hawaii – University of Hawaii at Manoa astronomer Regina Jorgenson has obtained the first image that shows the structure of a normal galaxy in the early universe as captured by the W. M.... Read more »


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HIRESR and DEIMOS are the instruments tonight. Observers are from UCLA and CIT. Sun set 06:16:00pm rise 06:04:00am
Tonight's schedule is HIRESR on Keck 1 and DEIMOS on Keck 2 for our lucky observers from UCSC and Yale. Sun set 06:17:00pm rise 06:04:00am
The sky is ready for HIRESR and NIRC2-LGS. Our observers from UCSC and UH are also ready. Sun set 06:18:00pm rise 06:04:00am
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