Super-Earth Detected in Habitable Zone of Nearby Star
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Super-Earth Detected in Habitable Zone of Nearby Star

Santa Cruz, CA—An international team of scientists has discovered a potentially habitable super-Earth orbiting a nearby star. With an orbital period of about 28 days and a minimum mass 4.5 times... Read more »

Keck Observatory Astronomer Wins Top Award
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Keck Observatory Astronomer Wins Top Award

A Keck Observatory astronomer who led the way to the discovery of a super-massive black hole at the center of our galaxy has been recognized this week with the 2012 Crafoord Prize in Astronomy, an... Read more »

Most Distant Dwarf Galaxy Detected
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Most Distant Dwarf Galaxy Detected

Kamuela, HI—Scientists have long struggled to detect the dim dwarf galaxies that orbit our own galaxy. So it came as a surprise on Jan. 18 when a team of astronomers using Keck II telescope’s... Read more »

How to Count to One
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How to Count to One

Generally speaking, if you want to study science, you should study the language of science, which is math. Why is it then, that when astronomers are faced with a kindergarten-level math problem like... Read more »

Smallest Solar System Found
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Smallest Solar System Found

KAMUELA, HI – For years the search for exoplanets has largely been like Gulliver’s visit to Brobdingnag: colossal systems of giant gas planets orbiting mammoth stars. But astronomers have finally... Read more »

Keck & Subaru Telescopes Find Rare Galaxy at Dawn of Time
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Keck & Subaru Telescopes Find Rare Galaxy at Dawn of Time

Kamuela, HI – Astronomers have spotted one of the most distant galaxies known, churning out stars at a shockingly high rate. The blob-like galaxy, called GN-108036, is located 12.9 billion... Read more »

Kepler, Keck Telescopes Discover Earth-Size Exoplanets
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Kepler, Keck Telescopes Discover Earth-Size Exoplanets

NASA’s Kepler mission, aided by the Keck I Telescope, has discovered the first Earth-size planets orbiting a Sun-like star outside our solar system. The planets, called Kepler-20e and Kepler-20f, are... Read more »

Keck Telescope Creator To Receive 2012 Franklin Medal
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Keck Telescope Creator To Receive 2012 Franklin Medal

The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia has announced that Jerry Nelson, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will receive the 2012 Benjamin Franklin... Read more »

VIDEO: Oodles of Exoplanets
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VIDEO: Oodles of Exoplanets

This is the video of a Dec. 8, 2011, Keck Astronomy Talk at the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea-Kamuela, Hawaii. The talk is entitled “Oodles of Exoplanets: The Search for Other Earths,” by Greg... Read more »

Astronomers Find New Clues to Supernova Origins
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Astronomers Find New Clues to Supernova Origins

Synopsis: Astronomers have taken a big step forward in identifying the unseen partners of stars that blow up and make the universe’s “standard candle” supernovas. Observations by both Keck... Read more »