World Science Scholars
3.2 Finding the Monster
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  • Large telescopes allow astronomers to see information in great detail. The large collecting mirrors of telescopes 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.

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