Keck Observatory astronomers win prestigious science prize

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  • The Milky Way Galaxy stretches above the core group of CSIRO’s Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder radio telescope (CSIRO/Alex Cherney)

  • The W.M. Keck Observatory’s twin 10-meter telescopes open for a night of observation. Along with the Very Large Telescope and Gemini South telescopes, the Keck Observatory aided follow-up optical observations to image the host galaxy of a fast radio burst. (Ethan Tweedie/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • An artist’s impression of CSIRO’s Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope finding a fast radio burst and determining its precise location. The W.M. Keck Observatory, Very Large Telescope and Gemini South telescopes joined ASKAP with follow-up optical observations to image the host galaxy (CSIRO/Andrew Howells)

A historic feat — successfully zeroing in on the precise location of a non-repeating fast radio burst — has earned the highest recognition from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.