Keck Observatory

By Alana Bittner and Madi Niesen

Basic Information

The Keck Observatory is located in Mauna Kea, Hawaii. The observatory captures the visible and infrared parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. The Keck observatory contains two twin telescopes, 10 meters in diameter, which are located at the summit of Mauna Kea.

The telescopes function efficiently because of their location at a high altitude - 4,145m/13,600ft, and because they are in a dry climate. The infrared detectors in the telescopes must be cooled to limit their emissions.

Current Research

In 2012, a laser was added to Keck II. The laser is used to cancel out the distortion of the Earth's atmosphere. This new laser improves the ability of scientists to study black holes.