Latest W. M. Keck Observatory Stories
New NASA images support findings that one of Jupiter's stripes that "disappeared" last spring is now showing signs of a comeback.
It turns out the Herschel Space Observatory has a trick up its sleeve.
Researchers have discovered a new, roughly Earth-sized planet that they believe could sustain life.
If you are like most people, you probably enjoy the twinkling of stars that blanket the sky on a clear summer night -- bit if you are an astronomer, chances are you find it extremely annoying.
The EPFL's Laboratory of Astrophysics has for the first time observed a quasar that is located between the earth and a more distant galaxy and acts as a gravitational lens.
ATLANTA, June 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Katy Keck of New York, NY was one of four honorees recognized with the Daily Point of Light Award from Points of Light Institute.
For the first time, astronomers have observed solar systems in the making in great detail.
Raymond Wilson, whose pioneering optics research at ESO made todayâ€™s giant telescopes possible thanks to â€œactive opticsâ€ technology, has been awarded the 2010 Kavli Prize in astrophysics.
Astronomers have snapped a picture of three planets orbiting a star beyond our own using a modest-sized telescope on the ground.
An international team of scientists has observed four super-massive black holes at the center of galaxies, which may provide new information on how these central black hole systems operate.
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...
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...
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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