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 »

Solved! 40 Year-old Mystery on the Size of Shadowy Galaxies
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Solved! 40 Year-old Mystery on the Size of Shadowy Galaxies

MAUNAKEA, Hawaii – Using the world’s largest telescopes, researchers discovered ancient cold gas clouds larger than galaxies in the early Universe. The discovery was announced today at a press... Read more »

Maunakea Observatories Put New Spin on Galaxy Formation
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Maunakea Observatories Put New Spin on Galaxy Formation

MAUNAKEA, Hawaii – A team of Australian researchers used two Maunakea-based observatories – Gemini North and W. M. Keck Observatory – to discover why some galaxies are clumpy rather than spiral... Read more »

NASA Honors Keck Observatory for Opening its Archive to the Public
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NASA Honors Keck Observatory for Opening its Archive to the Public

MAUNAKEA, Hawaii – The W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii has just been awarded the 2015 NASA Group Achievement Award for pioneering the Keck Observatory Archive (KOA) ten years ago, which has... Read more »

$4 Million Laser Marks Ground Zero for Adaptive Optics Science
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$4 Million Laser Marks Ground Zero for Adaptive Optics Science

MAUNAKEA, Hawaii – Hawaii’s W. M. Keck Observatory has successfully deployed a $4 million laser system that provides a marked increase in the resolution and clarity of what are already the most... Read more »