Bizarre Diamond Planet Found
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Bizarre Diamond Planet Found

Astronomers believe they’ve found a small planet made of diamond, orbiting an unusual star. The discovery was made using using ‘The Dish’ — CSIRO’s radio telescope near Parkes, New South... Read more »

Ice & Maybe Methane on ‘Snow White’ Dwarf Planet
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Ice & Maybe Methane on ‘Snow White’ Dwarf Planet

Ancient slush-spewing volcanoes slopped water ice across half the surface of the so-called “Snow White” world, say astronomers studying the distant dwarf planet 2007 OR10. Although it will take... Read more »

Ice & Maybe Methane on ‘Snow White’ Dwarf Planet
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Ice & Maybe Methane on ‘Snow White’ Dwarf Planet

Ancient slush-spewing volcanoes slopped water ice across half the surface of the so-called “Snow White” world, say astronomers studying the distant dwarf planet 2007 OR10. Although it will take... Read more »

Interns Find Opportunities at Keck Observatory
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Interns Find Opportunities at Keck Observatory

Young people these days. They go through high school and college, trying to find their way in the world with gloom, doom and debt all around them. The path to becoming a highly skilled and employable... Read more »

Found: Heart of Darkness
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Found: Heart of Darkness

Kamuela, HI – Astronomers using the 10-meter Keck II telescope in Hawaii have confirmed in a new paper that a troupe of about 1,000 small, dim stars just outside the Milky Way comprise the darkest... Read more »

Hawaii’s Coldest, Steepest Job
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Hawaii’s Coldest, Steepest Job

Imagine scanning the Help Wanted ads and finding this:?MEN WANTED for hazardous journey, small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful, honor and... Read more »

Black Hole Eats Star, Belches Gamma Rays
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Black Hole Eats Star, Belches Gamma Rays

Berkeley — A bright flash of gamma rays discovered on March 28 by the Swift satellite and studied in other wavelengths by Keck, Gemini North and other telescopes, may have been the death rattle of... Read more »

Light Sabers on Mauna Kea
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Light Sabers on Mauna Kea

What?s old is new again. First the old: The iconic sci-fi image of port and starboard phasers firing on a hostile foe, as seen from the bridge of the starship Enterprise. And here?s what makes it new... Read more »

Nature’s Best Magnifying Glass Views Early Spiral Galaxy
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Nature’s Best Magnifying Glass Views Early Spiral Galaxy

Kamuela, HI – Astronomers in Hawaii have plucked unprecedented details from the life of an early galaxy using an unusually lucid gravitational lens coupled with the powerful 10-meter Keck II... Read more »

On the Hunt for Protoplanets
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On the Hunt for Protoplanets Dr. Geoffrey Blake

(May 19, 2011)  Dr. Geoffrey Blake, from the California Institute of Technology, presents “On the Hunt for Protoplanets.”  Dr. Blake highlights the current and future... Read more »