Category Archives: W. M. Keck Observatory

A New Python Pipeline for Reducing NIRSPEC Data Acquired at the Keck Observatory

The Keck Observatory Archive (KOA) (https://koa.ipac.caltech.edu) has just released a new data reduction pipeline (NSDRP) for data acquired with the Keck Observatory NIRSPEC cross-dispersed infrared echelle spectrograph. The pipeline is intended to reduce high-resolution (0.947 – 2.63 um) object spectra. … Continue reading

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From The Front Lines of SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016

I attended the SPIE meeting on Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation in Edinburgh, Scotland from June 26 through July 1, and I am sharing my views on the conference presentations. Approximately 2,000 astronomers, software engineers and instrumentation specialists crowded the Edinburgh … Continue reading

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Videos From the 2014 Sagan Summer Workshop On-line

The NASA Exoplanet Science Center (NEXScI) hosts the Sagan Workshops, annual themed conferences aimed at introducing the latest techniques in exoplanet astronomy to young researchers. The workshops emphasize interaction with data, and include hands-on sessions where participants use their laptops … Continue reading

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Exoplanet Content in the Keck Observatory Archive

Following on from last week’s post about the Second Kepler Science Conference, the Keck Observatory Archive (KOA) is a growing resource for exoplanet science. The poster shown at the end of this post was presented at the Kepler Conference describes … Continue reading

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From The Front Lines of ADASS XXIII – Day One

The 23rd Annual Astronomical Data Analysis and Software Systems (ADASS) is being held this week in Wailkoloa, Hawaii, and I will be reporting on the action. The conference includes oral presentations, posters, demos and Birds of A Feather sessions. This … Continue reading

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The Keck Observatory Archive: A Model for a TMT Archive?

One of the topics discussed at the TMT Science Forum was the need for a searchable archive that would allow PIs to access their data and, when data were public, would provide data access for a broader scientific community. The … Continue reading

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TMT Operations Discussion: A Scientists Perspective

Nestled among the science talks today was a presentation by Mike Bolte (UC Santa Cruz), on the operations concept for the TMT, and as a manager of operational archives I listened attentively. He mentioned that the initial operations plan was … Continue reading

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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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The Keck Observatory Archive Is Expanding to Serve All Instruments

This year sees the W.M. Keck Observatory celebrating its 20th birthday, and the observatory is marking the anniversary with a series of events for astronomers and for the general public. The Observatory has had enormous impact on astronomical research, and … Continue reading

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