Big Island student wins opportunity to view space from Keck Observatory

MAUNA KEA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - A recent high school graduate got the rare opportunity to view space at the W.M. Keck Observatory on the Big Island on Friday.

Keilani Steele, a recent graduate of Honokaa High School, was awarded observation time through the Maunakea Scholars program.

"I'm very happy to help someone who is starting in astronomy, who is passionate about astronomy," said Carlos Alvarez, a support astronomer at the observatory.

Steele is the first person to win two observing runs in the program's history.

She's also the first high school student to observe at Keck Observatory since the facility's twin telescopes began operating 25 years ago.

"The vastness of how little we are compared to celestial objects fascinates me," Steele said.

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