2.2 The Tools for the Hunt
- Large telescopes allow astronomers to see information in great detail. Telescopes’s large collecting mirrors collect information from the earliest moments in the universe.
- Professor Ghez conducts her research using the telescopes at Keck Observatory at the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii.
- To gather high resolution information, Professor Ghez’s work focuses on creating techniques to correct for the distortions caused by the earth’s atmosphere.
- In the mid to late 1990’s, a series of military declassifications allowed significant advances in astrophysics. Ghez uses this adaptive optics technology to sharpen the view of the distant universe.