Category: Mauna KEa

Mauna KEa

Asteroid Minerva finds its magical weapons in the sky

The International Astronomical Union has chosen the names Aegis and Gorgoneion for the two moons of the asteroid (93) Minerva.  My team discovered the small moons in 2009 using the W. M. Keck Telescope and its adaptive optics system. We ...

An ELT made of cardboard in your garden?

I am calling myself a Planetary Astronomer, essentially because I use ground-based telescopes to study our solar system bodies. Even if I often write posts on this blog  about the wonderful results brought to us by space missions, space stations ...

Keck AO Observations: Io Volcanism – "Mornes plaines"

It has been a while I did not write anything on this blog. As usual I am late on reporting some news in the world of astronomy. Today I decided to write a short post on observations that we did ...

A fantastic night at Keck observatory – A follow-up

Hello, Yesterday I was observing at Keck Observatory as you could read in my previous post. I was not very positive when I wrote my post since the summit was in the fog and clouds. A few minutes after I finished ...

A first class telescope for a first class astronomical site

Dear readers, After several years of site testings the consortium in charge of building the TMT (Thirty-Meter Telescope) announced that they have chosen the Mauna Kea as a site for this new facility. This is an important news for the community ...

Jupiter got a bruise.. only one but a large one.

Hello, Last Sunday I posted on my blog an announcement about the possible recent impact on Jupiter atmosphere. I did not realize that a lot of my colleagues read this blog. On Sunday evening Paul Kalas, an adjunct professor at UC-Berkeley, ...

Visit at Keck Observatory – almost the end

Hello, I am still at Keck Observatory, but I am packing my stuff since I am about to leave Big Island for San Francisco, California. It was a rewarding experience to be at Keck Observatory HQ and I am very grateful ...

Visit at the Big Island- Keck Observatory and Mauna Kea

Hello, The last 10 days have been pretty hectic since I am at the Big Island (Hawaii) with my family. I am invited by the Keck Observatory for 3 weeks to work on the Next Generation Adaptive Optics project.  The timing ...