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W. M. Keck Observatory
From the summit of Hawaii’s dormant Mauna Kea volcano, astronomers at the W. M. Keck Observatory probe the local and distant Universe with unprecedented power and precision.
Their instruments are the twin Keck telescopes—the world’s largest optical and infrared telescopes. Each telescope stands eight stories tall, weighs 300 tons and operates with nanometer precision. The telescopes’ primary mirrors are 10 meters in diameter and are each composed of 36 hexagonal segments that work in concert as a single piece of reflective glass.
Image credit: Courtesy W. M. Keck Observatory
Inside Keck I
From inside the Keck I Telescope dome we can see a panorama photograph of MOSFIRE and the back of the Keck I primary mirror.

MOSFIRE is a Multi-Object Spectrometer For Infra-Red Exploration, and MOSFIRE team members include UCLA Professor Ian McLean and UCLA graduate students Kristin Kulas and Greg Mace.

Image credit: Chris Johnson, UCLA Astronomy Division
High in the northern hemisphere in the constellation Camelopardalis, the Giraffe is where you will find this star; CY Camelopardalis or CY Cam for short. This star glowing red in this ultraviolet image is a relatively new star that after fusion and the birth of its stellar winds (radiation) cleared away much of its birth material in order to see the universe and alert the cosmos to its presence (metaphorically of course). The spherical cocoon as well as the surrounding material is glowing through ionization from CY Cam’s intense ultraviolet radiation.
According to the WISE team the material surrounding this star is composed of mostly polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon grains which are similar to soot. The green material in this image is much hotter than the red which shrouds CY Cam in a shell of metallic dust grains.
Image credit: NASA Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
SOFIA at sunrise
SOFIA, the airborne observatory, is seen just at sunrise after a night of observing during the commissioning of FLITECAM, a near-infrared camera and spectrometer developed by the UCLA Infrared Laboratory.

Image credit: Chris Johnson, UCLA Astronomy Division
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) is a NASA infrared-wavelength astronomical space telescope launched in December 2009, and placed in hibernation in February 2011 when its transmitter turned off.[4] It was re-activated in 2013.[5] Its observations supported the discovery of the first Y Dwarf and Earth trojan asteroid, tens of thousands of new asteroids, and numerous previously undiscovered star clusters.
The mission was planned to create infrared images of 99 percent of the sky, with at least eight images made of each position on the sky in order to increase accuracy. This view shows a full-sky view with infrared wavelengths rendered in visible light.
Image credit: NASA Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE).
The Andromeda Galaxy
The immense Andromeda galaxy, also known as Messier 31 or simply M31, is captured in full in this new image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. The mosaic covers an area equivalent to more than 100 full moons, or five degrees across the sky. WISE used all four of its infrared detectors to capture this picture (3.4- and 4.6-micron light is colored blue; 12-micron light is green; and 22-micron light is red). Blue highlights mature stars, while yellow and red show dust heated by newborn, massive stars.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA
NGC 3603
NGC 3603 is an open cluster of stars situated in the Carina spiral arm of the Milky Way around 20,000 light-years away from the Solar System.
NGC 3603 has been subject to intense study as a starburst region for more than a century because it represents a unique combination of proximity, low visual extinction, brightness and compactness. It is surrounded by the most massive visible cloud of glowing gas and plasma known as a H II region in the Milky Way.[6] HD 97950[7] is the central star of star cluster, the densest concentration of very massive stars known in the galaxy.[8] Strong ultraviolet radiation and stellar winds have cleared the gas and dust, giving an unobscured view of the cluster.[9]
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA