Keck Observatory unveils smartphone app

MAUNA KEA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - W. M. Keck Observatory has launched KeckWatch, a new smartphone app. The app allows users to identify stars and planets with both conventional and Hawaiian names.

It also offers a glimpse through the eyes of the Keck I and Keck II telescopes, the two largest and most scientifically productive telescope on Earth.

"Our work studying the cosmos these past two decades has led to remarkable understandings of our Universe and has placed Hawaii as the premiere location on Earth for astronomical research," said Hilton Lewis, director of Keck Observatory. "This kind of scientific curiosity has always been a part of
Hawaii's cultural heritage, from the ancient celestial navigators to today. This app has been carefully designed to be fun and easy to use while offering a wealth of knowledge to everyone that uses it."

KeckWatch was built by First Light Design.To download the app, search for KeckWatch in the iTunes App Store.

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