Prodigious ‘Brightest Cluster Galaxy’ Discovered Churning Trillions of Stars

MAUNAKEA, Hawaii – An international team of astronomers has discovered a distant massive galaxy cluster with a core bursting with new stars. The discovery, made with the help of the Maunakea-based... Read more »


Hot Jupiter-esque Discovery Hints at Planet Formation

MAUNAKEA, Hawaii – A team of astronomers discovered a Jupiter-like planet within a young system that could serve as a decoder ring for understanding how planets formed around our sun. The W. M.... Read more »


New Record: Keck Observatory Measures Most Distant Galaxy

MAUNAKEA, Hawaii – A team of astrophysicists using the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii has successfully measured the farthest galaxy ever recorded and more interestingly, captured its hydrogen... Read more »


Telescopes Team Up to Find Distant Uranus-Sized Planet Through Microlensing

Maunakea, Hawaii – The W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii and NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have made independent confirmations of an exoplanet orbiting far from its central star. The planet was... Read more »


Keck Observatory Names Chief Scientist

KAMUELA, Hawaii – W. M. Keck Observatory is very pleased to announce Anne Kinney has been appointed Chief Scientist, effective August 3, 2015."We are delighted to welcome Anne as the Chief... Read more »


Fossil Star Clusters Reveal Their Age

Maunakea, Hawaii – Using a new age-dating method and the W. M. Keck Observatory on Maunakea, an international team of astronomers have determined that ancient star clusters formed in two... Read more »


Found: Earth’s Closest Cousin Yet

Maunakea, Hawaii – The W. M. Keck Observatory has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star. This discovery and the introduction of 11 other new... Read more »


Gigantic, Early Black Hole Could Upend Evolutionary Theory

Maunakea, Hawaii – An international team of astrophysicists led by Benny Trakhtenbrot, a researcher at ETH Zurich’s Institute for Astronomy, discovered a gigantic black hole in an otherwise... Read more »


Scientists Discover Brightest Early Galaxy and Likely First Generation Stars

Maunakea, Hawaii – Astronomers using several of the largest telescopes on Earth and space have discovered the brightest galaxy yet found in the early Universe and have strong evidence that examples... Read more »


Astronomers Baffled by Discovery of Rare Quasar Quartet

Maunakea, Hawaii – Using the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii, a group of astronomers led by Joseph Hennawi of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy have discovered the first quadruple quasar:... Read more »


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The sky is ready for HIRESR and NIRC2-LGS. Our observers from UCSC and UH are also ready. Sun set 06:18:00pm rise 06:04:00am
Keck 1 HIRESR is scheduled with NASA observers. Keck 2 NIRC2-LGS is scheduled for UH observers. Sun set 06:19:00pm rise 06:03:00am
We are setting up OSIRIS-LGS on Keck 1 for KECK observers, NIRC2-LGS on Keck 2 for UH observers. Sun set 06:20:00pm rise 06:03:00am
Science giant Nature recently reported on Maunakea: The mountain-top battle over the Thirty Meter Telescope
KECK/UH* observers will work with PCS+SSC/HIRESR* tonight. And NASA observers will work with NIRC2-LGS. Sun set 06:21:00pm rise 06:03:00am