Our Story

From Hawaii’s Maunakea, astronomers around the world use W. M. Keck Observatory to observe the universe with unprecedented power and precision. 


We strive to advance the frontiers of astronomy and share our discoveries, inspiring the imagination of all. 


We conduct our work in a way that embraces and shows respect to Hawaiian and local culture and values.


Get to know W. M. Keck Observatory Director Rich Matsuda, our leadership, and our collaborators. 



Check out the technological ingenuity behind our twin time travel machines – the Keck I and Keck II telescopes – from their iconic segmented mirror design to their adaptive optics systems.


Our Responsibility

We feel a continued responsibility to conduct our mission and share our amazing discoveries in a pono (good, ethical, upright, moral, equitable) way – not only because we must meet our mission, but simply because we believe it is the right way to conduct ourselves as humans.


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Thank you for your generous support of W. M. Keck Observatory and for becoming a valued champion of our mission to advance the frontiers of astronomy and share our discoveries to inspire the imagination of all.

Donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Keck Observatory is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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