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Surprise: Earth-sized Planets Are Common

Kamuela, Hawaii – A team of astronomers from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Hawaii at Manoa has found that 17 percent of all sun-like stars have planets one to two... Read more »

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Astronomers Detect Water in Atmosphere of Distant Planet

KAMUELA, HI – A team of international scientists using the W. M. Keck Observatory has made the most detailed examination yet of the atmosphere of a Jupiter-size planet beyond our Solar... Read more »

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Scientists Discover System with Three Planets in Habitable Zone

Kamuela, HI --  A team of scientists recently confirmed six, and possibly seven, planets orbiting a star system a mere 22 light-years from Earth. More importantly, three of those planets are... Read more »

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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 »

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First Earth-Sized, Rocky Exoplanet Found

Kamuela, Hawaii  –  A team of astronomers has found the first Earth-sized planet outside the solar system that has a rocky composition like that of Earth. This exoplanet, known as Kepler-78b,... Read more »

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One in Five Stars Has Earth-sized Planet in Habitable Zone

Waimea, Hawaii – Scientists from University of California, Berkeley, and University of Hawaii, Manoa, have statistically determined that twenty percent of Sun-like stars in our galaxy have... Read more »

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Kepler Team Validates 41 New Exoplanets with Keck I

Mauna Kea, Hawaii – The Kepler team today reports on four years of observations from the W. M. Keck Observatory targeting Kepler's exoplanet systems, announcing results this week at the American... Read more »

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Water Vapor Detected in the Atmosphere of a Hot Jupiter

Mauna Kea, HI—California Institute of Technology (Caltech) astronomers using data gathered at the W. M. Keck Observatory have developed a new technique for planetary scientists that could provide... Read more »

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UH observers will use MOSFIRE on Keck 1, and UCSC/UCLA observers will use ESI on Keck 2 tonight. Sun set 06:53:00pm rise 05:46:00am
Keck 1 target of opportunity! Detected the afterglow of a rare short-duration gamma ray burst. Extragalactic explosion, caught in the act.
Does this monster have exotic populations of stars at its center? We'll investigate with LRIS tonight. (3/3)
Special target for Keck 1: NGC 4889 is one of the brightest galaxies known and hosts the largest supermassive black hole ever detected (2/3)
Tonight on Keck 1: looking for low-mass stars in high-mass galaxies with LRIS. (1/2)