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Keck telescope project to study galaxy formation



Scientists using the Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea will embark on a four-year survey of 2,000 distant galaxies to better understand their star-forming phase. 
 
The survey will be conducted on 47 nights over four years using the MOSFIRE instrument to obtain near-infrared spectra of galaxies as they were forming 9 to 12 billion years ago. The spectra will allow scientists to determine how quickly the galaxies are converting their gas into stars, how the supernovae of those stars enriched the galaxies with the heavier elements carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and measure the obscuring effects of dust. 
 
The study is funded by a $975,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to scientists at four University of California campuses. 

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