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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 »

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 »