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A Mirror’s Perfect Reflection
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A Mirror’s Perfect Reflection

If you think washing the mirrors and windows in your home is a daunting task, imagine cleaning two of the largest light-collecting surfaces in the astronomy world—the twin 10-meter Keck telescope... Read more »

Dancing White Dwarfs
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Dancing White Dwarfs

The UCSB team that discovered a white dwarf binary. Left to Right: David Kaplan, Justin Steinfadt, Avi Shporer, Lars Bildsten. Credit: George Foulsham, Office of Public Affairs, UCSB. Astrophysicists... Read more »

Best in Show
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Best in Show

University of Hawaiʻi photographer R. David Beales won Best in Show at the University Photographers Association of America, or UPAA, competition for his December 2009 image “Mauna Kea Summit,”... Read more »

Possible new type of Supernovae puts Calcium in your Bones
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Possible new type of Supernovae puts Calcium in your Bones

One theory of this new exploding system, shown in the simulation images (above), is that a white dwarf steals helium from a companion until the mass thief becomes very hot and dense and a nuclear... Read more »

Goldstein to showcase art at Keck Observatory
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Goldstein to showcase art at Keck Observatory

Laurie Goldstein, an artist in North Kohala, created her first work of art at age five. With a cardboard tracing of her foot, some ribbon and blue and gold paint, she crafted a pair of Grecian... Read more »

Discovery Channel features Keck Observatory
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Discovery Channel features Keck Observatory

The Keck II telescope’s Laser Guide Star fires into the night sky. Credit: Sarah Anderson.Black Holes, the most powerful destroyers in the Universe, the most mysterious phenomena in the heavens.... Read more »

New Children’s Book Explores the Hunt for Other Worlds
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New Children’s Book Explores the Hunt for Other Worlds

Vicki Oransky Wittenstein, author of Planet Hunter, stands in front of the Keck telescope. Credit: Sarah Anderson.Planet Hunter: Geoff Marcy and the Search for Other Earths, published in 2010 by... Read more »

Cosmic photo Album Earns Astronomer AAS Prize
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Cosmic photo Album Earns Astronomer AAS Prize

A native of Italy, Tommaso Treu, now a UC Santa Barbara astrophysicist, earned degrees at University of Pisa and the Scuola Normale Superiore and was a graduate student at the Space Telescope Science... Read more »

Keck Observatory Featured in NOVA Documentary
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Keck Observatory Featured in NOVA Documentary

PBS Hawai’i aired Hunting the Edge of Space, a documentary exploring how the telescope has expanded our view of the Universe.The program features planet hunter Geoff Marcy and his search with the... Read more »

Exploring New Worlds
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Exploring New Worlds

UC Berkeley planet hunter Geoff Marcy watches the sun set from the Keck telescopes on Mauna Kea. Credit: WMKO. Geoff Marcy, an astronomer at UC Berkeley, began searching for worlds beyond our Solar... Read more »