Kamuela, Hawaii – 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. Furthermore, the campaign was funded entirely by private philanthropy.
• The study of brown dwarfs and low-mass stars, which are blurring the line between planets and stars;
• More precise measurements of stars orbiting closest to the Galactic Center’s super-massive black hole;
• Improved determination of the origins of gamma ray bursts and supernovae in extragalactic science; and
• A closer look at objects within our solar system in areas of research where Keck has already contributed, including weather aberrations on Uranus, and Kuiper Belt Objects like Eris, which led to the demotion of Pluto from planet to dwarf planet.
The W. M. Keck Observatory operates the two biggest and most scientifically productive telescopes on Earth. The twin 10-meter optical/infrared telescopes located on the summit of Mauna Kea on the Island of Hawaii, feature a world-leading suite of advanced instruments including imagers, multi-object spectrographs, high-resolution spectrographs, integral-field spectroscopy and a laser guide star adaptive optics system. The Observatory is a private 501(c) 3 non-profit organization and a scientific partnership of the California Institute of Technology, the University of California and NASA. For more information, please visit http://www.keckobservatory.org.
About the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation:
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, established in 2000, seeks to advance environmental conservation, scientific research, and patient care. For more information, please visit http://www.moore.org.
About the W. M. Keck Foundation:
Based in Los Angeles, the W. M. Keck Foundation was established in 1954 by the late W. M. Keck, founder of the Superior Oil Company. The Foundation’s grant making is focused primarily on pioneering efforts in the areas of medical research, science and engineering and undergraduate education. The Foundation also maintains a Southern California Grant Program that provides support for the Los Angeles community, with a special emphasis on children and youth. For more information, visit http://www.wmkeck.org.
The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation inspires hope by providing critical funding at critical times to communities and organizations striving to make a difference. For more information, please visit http://www.tbrpf.org
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W.M. Keck Observatory