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The “first-light” image from NIRES is of NGC 7027, a planetary nebula. The NIRES spectrum shows the near-IR spectrum of this nebula dominated by emission lines of hydrogen and helium. The direct image shows NBC 7027 in the K’ filters at 2.2 microns. IMAGE CREDIT: W. M. KECK OBSERVATORY

Keck Observatory achieves first light with new Caltech instrument

The Keck Observatory-Caltech NIRES team just completed the instrument’s first set of commissioning observations and achieved “first light” with a spectral image of the planetary nebula NGC 7027.

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California Institute of Technology Submillimeter Telescope. Hawaii 24/7 File Photo

Caltech Submillimeter Observatory being decommissioned

Caltech is proceeding to decommission the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory (CSO) on Hawaii Island’s Maunakea. CSO began operations in 1987 and ceased scientific observations in September 2015.

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Often, comets are portrayed as harbingers of gloom and doom in movies and on television, but most pose no threat to Earth. Comet Elenin, the latest comet to visit our inner solar system, is no exception.

Does Comet Elenin spell doom and gloom for Earth?

Often, comets are portrayed as harbingers of gloom and doom in movies and on television, but most pose no threat to Earth. Comet Elenin, the latest comet to visit our inner solar system, is no exception.

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Astronomers discover new clues to galaxy evolution

Astronomers discover new clues to galaxy evolution

MEDIA RELEASE Astronomers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and University of Hawaii (UH) have discovered 16 close-knit pairs of supermassive black holes in merging galaxies. The research findings, based on observations done at the W. M. Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea, were presented in Seattle this week […]

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India joins Thirty Meter Telescope project

India joins Thirty Meter Telescope project

MEDIA RELEASE India’s Minister of Science and Technology Prithviraj Chavan has announced the decision to join the Thirty Meter Telescope Project (TMT) as an observer. TMT is the next-generation astronomical observatory that is scheduled to begin scientific operations in 2018 on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Observer status is the first step in becoming a full partner […]

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Caltech Submillimeter Observatory in Hawaii to be decommissioned

Caltech Submillimeter Observatory in Hawaii to be decommissioned

  MEDIA RELEASE   Caltech will begin decommissioning the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory (CSO) in Hawaii. Plans call for the dismantling of the observatory to begin in 2016, with the return of the site to its natural state by 2018. The decommissioning of the CSO is due to the construction of the next generation of radio […]

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