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Galaxy Mega Merger Spotted By Herschel And Keck
2013-05-23 04:53:50

Around 11 billion years ago, two hungry young galaxies collided and they are now forming a massive galaxy approximately 10 times the size of the Milky Way. The new mega-galaxy, HXMM01, was discovered as part of a UC-Irvine led project conducted with the W.M. Keck Observatory, the Herschel space observatory, and other research facilities around the world.

Auroras On Saturn To Be Closely Monitored
2013-04-16 04:51:56

An international team of researchers, in collaboration with University of Leicester planetary scientists, has organized the largest ever observational campaign of Saturn's auroras.

$4 Million Adaptive Optics Fund Completed By Keck Observatory
2013-03-05 12:21:50

The W. M. Keck Observatory has successfully completed a $4 million campaign that will give astronomers the most detailed Adaptive Optics images of the cosmos ever created by mankind.

Window Into Europa’s Ocean Opened By Astronomers
2013-03-05 10:28:13

salty water from the vast liquid ocean beneath Europa’s frozen exterior actually makes its way to the surface.

Keck Week 2013 Celebrates W.M. Keck Observatory's 20th Anniversary
2012-12-12 09:52:03

This Spring, the W. M. Keck Observatory is throwing a weeklong party called Keck Week 2013, to celebrate the observatory’s first twenty years of high-impact, game-changing astronomical discoveries from the venerable twin-domes on the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

Astronomers Take Starburst Galaxy Census
2012-12-04 13:02:44

Astronomers have taken a census of hundreds of previously unseen starburst galaxies, revealing high star-formation rates across the Universe.

Astronomers Monitor Volcanic Activity On Jupiter’s Moon Io From Earth
2012-10-17 11:01:21

Watching active volcanic eruptions should be done so from a safe distance. Observing active eruptions here on Earth can be easily accomplished from the comfort of your home with the proper equipment. But observing an Earthen volcanic eruption from home is nothing when compared to what a group of California researchers have been privy to.

Ancient Spiral Galaxy Observed By Astronomers
2012-07-18 12:42:04

A new discovery may help astronomers peer back in time to when spiral galaxies first began to take their shape.

Astrophysicists Use Three-Telescope Interferometry To Observe How Black Holes Are Fueled
2012-05-18 03:45:33

By combining the light of three powerful infrared telescopes, an international research team has observed the active accretion phase of a supermassive black hole in the center of a galaxy tens of millions of light years away.

UCLA's "Time Machine" To Study Distant Galaxies
2012-04-13 10:28:20

A team of researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are building an advanced scientific instrument unlike any other ever built before, with the aim to study some of the oldest galaxies in the universe.


Latest W. M. Keck Observatory Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:43

Interferometry -- Interferometry is the applied science of combining two or more input points of a data type, such as optical, and combine these data to form a greater picture based on the combination of the two sources. This technique is the basis for proposed radio telescope arrays, which spread out upon a wide area of hundreds of miles, can together produce a picture with resolution similar or equivalent to a single telescope with the diameter of the combined spread of telescopes. The...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Keck Observatory -- From a remote outpost on the summit of Hawaii's dormant Mauna Kea volcano, astronomers at the W.M. Keck Observatory probe the deepest regions of the Universe with unprecedented power and precision. Their instruments are the twin Keck Telescopes, the world's largest optical and and infrared telescopes. Each stands eight stories tall and weighs 300 tons, yet operates with nanometer precision. At the heart of each Keck Telescope is a revolutionary primary mirror. Ten...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Mauna Kea Observatories -- Hawaii is Earth's connecting point to the rest of the Universe. The summit of Mauna Kea on the Island of Hawaii hosts the world's largest astronomical observatory, with telescopes operated by astronomers from eleven countries. The combined light-gathering power of the telescopes on Mauna Kea is fifteen times greater than that of the Palomar telescope in California -- for many years the world's largest -- and sixty times greater than that of the Hubble Space...

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Word of the Day
sudarium
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.