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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 »

Children’s Astro Haiku Contest Winners
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Children’s Astro Haiku Contest Winners

Kamuela, HI – The W. M. Keck Observatory’s mission is to advance the frontiers of astronomy and share our discoveries with the world. Today that mission extends to sharing the creativity of some... Read more »

Keck’s Twin Telescopes Fire Dual “Phasers”
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Keck’s Twin Telescopes Fire Dual “Phasers”

The plucky few who work near the chilly summit of Mauna Kea were witnesses this week to a sight straight out of sci-fi movies: The first dual laser launches by the W. M. Keck Observatory’s twin... Read more »

Keck & NASA Telescopes Reveal Surprisingly Young Galaxy
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Keck & NASA Telescopes Reveal Surprisingly Young Galaxy

WASHINGTON—Astronomers have uncovered one of the youngest galaxies in the distant universe, with stars that formed 13.5 billion years ago, a mere 200 million years after the big bang. The finding... Read more »

Super Luminous Stars, Deep Dark Skies & Super Moons
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Super Luminous Stars, Deep Dark Skies & Super Moons

The Keck I Telescope has played a key role in unraveling the mysteries of one of the brightest supernovas ever discovered. Supernova 2008am is 3.7 billion light-years away from Earth. At its peak... Read more »

Keck Telescope Images Super-Luminous Supernova
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Keck Telescope Images Super-Luminous Supernova

Austin, Texas - The Keck I Telescope has played a key role in unraveling the mysteries of one of the brightest supernovas ever discovered. The supernova, called Supernova 2008am, is 3.7 billion... Read more »

New Candidate For Coldest ‘Star’
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New Candidate For Coldest ‘Star’

Kamuela, HI – There is a new candidate for coldest known star: a brown dwarf with about the same temperature as a hot cup of coffee. That’s cool enough to begin crossing the blurry line between... Read more »

Europa Helps Astronomers Penetrate Jupiter’s Lost Belt
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Europa Helps Astronomers Penetrate Jupiter’s Lost Belt

Kamuela, HI - The ongoing turmoil inside Jupiter’s missing – and slowly re-emerging – South Equatorial Belt can now be seen in unprecedented detail thanks to the Keck II telescope’s Adaptive... Read more »

Royal Honor Awarded to Astronomer Richard Ellis
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Royal Honor Awarded to Astronomer Richard Ellis

Pasadena, CA - Richard Salisbury Ellis, the Steele Family Professor of Astronomy at Caltech, has received the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society. Awarded annually since 1824, the Gold Medal... Read more »