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 »

Hawaii Discovers: The World’s Leading Observatory Was Born in Hawaii 25 Years Ago
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Hawaii Discovers: The World’s Leading Observatory Was Born in Hawaii 25 Years Ago

By Steve JeffersonTwenty-five years ago in 1990, the average US house cost $123,000, the Dow Jones averaged 2633 and gasoline cost a little more than a dollar-thirty a gallon. Saturn wasn’t just a... Read more »

“First Light” Marks 25 Years of Hawaii’s Leadership in Astronomy
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“First Light” Marks 25 Years of Hawaii’s Leadership in Astronomy

By Sean AdkinsEvery night, all over the world, people look up at the sky and wonder about the distant stars. Here in Hawaii we have the privilege of looking up at a very dark sky, but even here with... Read more »

Manu `Imiloa: Modern & Ancient Ways of Navigating our Universe
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Manu `Imiloa: Modern & Ancient Ways of Navigating our Universe Celeste Ha`o

A Hilo native born in Keaukaha and raised in Panaʻewa, Celeste “Cesi” Manuia Ha’o is an Education Associate and the Outreach Coordinator of the ‘Imiloa... Read more »

Prodigious ‘Brightest Cluster Galaxy’ Discovered Churning Trillions of Stars
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Prodigious ‘Brightest Cluster Galaxy’ Discovered Churning Trillions of Stars

MAUNAKEA, Hawaii – An international team of astronomers has discovered a distant massive galaxy cluster with a core bursting with new stars. The discovery, made with the help of the Maunakea-based... Read more »

Hot Jupiter-esque Discovery Hints at Planet Formation
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Hot Jupiter-esque Discovery Hints at Planet Formation

MAUNAKEA, Hawaii – A team of astronomers discovered a Jupiter-like planet within a young system that could serve as a decoder ring for understanding how planets formed around our sun. The W. M.... Read more »