Caltech Scientists Detects First Progenitor of Type 1b Supernova
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Caltech Scientists Detects First Progenitor of Type 1b Supernova

Kamuela, Hawaii — Powerful new survey telescopes led by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) are being combined with the W. M. Keck Observatory to provide insight into rare, exotic... Read more »

Dr. George H. Herbig (1920-2013)
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Dr. George H. Herbig (1920-2013)

Dr. George H. Herbig, astronomer emeritus at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a member of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, has died at the age of 93. "George was a giant of... Read more »

Watery Asteroid Discovered in Dying Star Points to Habitable Exoplanets
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Watery Asteroid Discovered in Dying Star Points to Habitable Exoplanets

Kamuela, HI -- Astronomers have found the shattered remains of an asteroid that contained huge amounts of water orbiting an exhausted star, or white dwarf. This suggests that the star GD 61 and its... Read more »

Telescopes Large and Small Team Up to Study Triple Asteroid
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Telescopes Large and Small Team Up to Study Triple Asteroid

Kamuela, HI -- Combining observations from the world’s largest telescopes with small telescopes used by amateur astronomers, a team of scientists discovered that the large main-belt asteroid (87)... Read more »

Astronomers Observe Distant Galaxy Powered by Primordial Cosmic Fuel
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Astronomers Observe Distant Galaxy Powered by Primordial Cosmic Fuel

Kamuela, HI -- Astronomers have detected cold streams of primordial hydrogen, vestigial matter left over from the Big Bang, fueling a distant star-forming galaxy in the early Universe. Profuse flows... Read more »

Astronomy Talk: He Lani Ko Luna—A Sky Above
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Astronomy Talk: He Lani Ko Luna—A Sky Above Chad Kalepa Baybayan

Chad Kālepa Baybayan is captain and navigator of the Hawaiian deep-sea voyaging canoes Hōkūle’a, Hawai’iloa, and Hōkūalaka’i. Baybayan will give a fascinating... Read more »

Evidence For Densest Galaxy In Nearby Universe
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Evidence For Densest Galaxy In Nearby Universe

Kamuela, Hawaii -- The densest galaxy in the nearby Universe may have been found. Packed with an extraordinary number of stars, this unusual galaxy is providing astronomers with clues to its... Read more »

Keck Week Video #18: Census of Discovery and the Future of Keck Observatory
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Keck Week Video #18: Census of Discovery and the Future of Keck Observatory Dr. Taft Armandroff

March 16, 2013 marked the 20th anniversary of the very first science observations made by the Keck I telescope on Mauna Kea. That event also represented the beginning of... Read more »

Working Retreat Rewards All
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Working Retreat Rewards All

What did a Waimea Middle School chicken say to the Black Hole? The black hole will never know – sound can’t travel in space.   But last week, the two got as close to communicating as ever before... Read more »

Keck Week Video #17: The Early Universe As Seen By Keck
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Keck Week Video #17: The Early Universe As Seen By Keck Dr. Richard Ellis

Captured at Keck Week this past March, this presentation by Caltech’s Dr. Richard Ellis describes how he and other scientists employ Keck’s powerful instruments to... Read more »