Category Archives: exoplanets

The Keck Observatory Celebrates 20 Years Of Operation

The W. M. Keck Observatory went into operation twenty years ago, and at the time its twin 10m-telescopes made it the largest observatory in the world. It has been a phenomenally successful observatory, and has made important discoveries in many … Continue reading

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How can we use HPC platforms to help dig out new exoplanets?

My colleague Peter Plavchan and  I wrote this lead article for the April 3 edition of International Science Grid This Week, where it appears as the lead article. We are living in the golden age of exoplanets — over 800 … Continue reading

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e-Science – towards the cloud: infrastructures, applications and research

The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A has just published a special issue entitled: “e-Science – towards the cloud: infrastructures, applications and research.”  The issue contains 12 papers that are considered “best in show” at the U. K. e-Science … Continue reading

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Keck Science Meeting On YouTube!

This year’s Keck Observatory Science meeting was held at UC San Diego, and included two days of talks and posters describing the most recent astronomical science conducted at the W. M. Keck Observatory.  The presentations included John Johnson (Caltech) on … Continue reading

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Hunting Exoplanets with Kepler and Big Computers!

The International Science Grid This Week posted a fascinating article on how high performance computing is being used to analyze time-series data sets from the Kepler mission.  Kepler’s primary goal is to determine the frequency of Earth-sized planets around other … Continue reading

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How To Use Cloud Computing To Do Astronomy

This is a talk I gave jointly with my colleague Ewa Deelman (ISI, USC) at Caltech on May 9. I have had a number of requests to post the slides, so I will do so here:  Cloud IPAC May 9 gbb … Continue reading

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NIRC2 Data Released Through the Keck Observatory Archive

This week, the Keck Observatory Archive (KOA) released data from its third instrument, and its first imaging instrument: the Near Infrared Camera 2 (NIRC2). Commissioned in 2001, it is used in imaging and spectroscopic modes, and is equipped with three … Continue reading

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