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Oxygen: Breathing the Universe
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Oxygen: Breathing the Universe

Here is the video recording of the Oct. 13, 2011, Keck Observatory Astronomy Talk by Dr. Lisa Kewley, of the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy. The venue is the historic Kahilu Theatre... Read more »

Nobel Prize in Physics awarded for Accelerating Expansion of the Universe
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Nobel Prize in Physics awarded for Accelerating Expansion of the Universe

The expansion of the universe is accelerating, and this is likely driven by dark energy, a mysterious repulsive force.  Three astronomers won the Nobel prize on Tuesday for their research on... Read more »

Universe’s “Standard Candles” Are White Dwarf Mergers
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Universe’s “Standard Candles” Are White Dwarf Mergers

Berkeley — A new survey of distant Type Ia supernovae suggests that many if not most of these supernovae - key to astronomers’ conclusion that dark energy is accelerating the expansion of the... Read more »

Citizen Scientists, Kepler and Keck Uncover New Planets
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Citizen Scientists, Kepler and Keck Uncover New Planets

Astronomers at Yale University have announced the discovery of the first two potential exoplanets found by the online citizen scientist Planet Hunters program. Users of the Planet Hunters program... Read more »

Uncovering the Secrets of the Great Supernova
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Uncovering the Secrets of the Great Supernova

Kamuela, HI – A once-in-a-lifetime nearby stellar explosion now unfolding in a neighboring galaxy has astronomers at the W. M. Keck Observatory scrambling to ask questions that can’t be answered... Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »