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Faintest Early-Universe Galaxy Ever, Detected and Confirmed
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Faintest Early-Universe Galaxy Ever, Detected and Confirmed

By Steve JeffersonMAUNAKEA, Hawaii – An international team of scientists has detected and confirmed the faintest early-Universe galaxy ever using the W. M. Keck Observatory on the summit on... Read more »

​Four Synchronized Planets Reveal Clues to How Planets Form
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​Four Synchronized Planets Reveal Clues to How Planets Form

MAUNAKEA, Hawaii – The search for planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy has revealed an extraordinary family of planets whose orbits are so carefully timed that they provide long-term... Read more »

Metal Content in Early Galaxies Challenges Star Forming Theory
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Metal Content in Early Galaxies Challenges Star Forming Theory

By Steve JeffersonMAUNAKEA, Hawaii – An International team led by scientists at ETH Zurich in Switzerland used the W. M. Keck Observatory to study the role of star formation rates in metal contents... Read more »

Even in Deep Space, There Are Shades of Black
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Even in Deep Space, There Are Shades of Black

BY FARISA Y. MORALES for Zocalo Public SquareIn my line of work, I stare at shades of black. My work starts on dark, black nights, when there is no moon or reflection from it. The telescopes I use... Read more »

New Hypervelocity Binary Star Challenges Dark Matter, Stellar Acceleration Models
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New Hypervelocity Binary Star Challenges Dark Matter, Stellar Acceleration Models

MAUNAKEA, Hawaii — A team of astronomers at the Friedrich Alexander University led by Péter Németh has discovered a binary star moving nearly at the escape velocity of our galaxy. There are about... Read more »

Astronomy Talk: Life in the Universe - The Science of Astrobiology
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Astronomy Talk: Life in the Universe - The Science of Astrobiology Dr. Carl B. Pilcher

Is life common in the universe, or rare? Humans have pondered this question for millennia.Today we are privileged to be able to bring the tools of modern science to... Read more »

UCR Student Traces Star Formation Rates in Distant Galaxies
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UCR Student Traces Star Formation Rates in Distant Galaxies

MAUNAKEA, Hawaii — A group of researchers, led by a University of California, Riverside graduate student, observed distant galaxies with the MOSFIRE high-resolution near-infrared spectrometer at W.... Read more »

Astronomy Talk: Where We Came From — How Solar Systems Form
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Astronomy Talk: Where We Came From — How Solar Systems Form Dr. Greg Laughlin

How common are Earths? Unknown just a generation ago, more than 2,000 planets have been discovered orbiting other stars in our galaxy and Hawaii’s own Keck Observatory... Read more »

New Calibration Tool Will Help Astronomers Look for Habitable Exoplanets
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New Calibration Tool Will Help Astronomers Look for Habitable Exoplanets

by Adam HadhazyPASADENA, Calif. — Promising new calibration tools, called laser frequency combs, could allow astronomers to take a major step in discovering and characterizing earthlike planets... Read more »