News
Astronomers See Historical Supernova From New Angle
Science News

Astronomers See Historical Supernova From New Angle

MAUNA KEA, HI— By observing visible “light echoes,” astronomers have assembled one of the first 3-D perspectives of a cosmic object. The new view of the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A confirms... Read more »

Keck Telescope Confirms Smallest Known Star Duo
Science News

Keck Telescope Confirms Smallest Known Star Duo

Mauna Kea, HI -- Astronomers using the W. M. Keck Observatory have identified the smallest known binary system to date. The system, called HM Cancri, consists of two dead stars that revolve around... Read more »

Second Smallest Exoplanet Found to Date Discovered at Keck
Science News

Second Smallest Exoplanet Found to Date Discovered at Keck

WASHINGTON D.C.— Planet hunters using Keck Observatory have detected an extrasolar planet that is only four times the mass of Earth. The planet is the second smallest exoplanet ever discovered and... Read more »

Waltzing Black Holes Take Center Stage at Astronomy Meeting
Science News

Waltzing Black Holes Take Center Stage at Astronomy Meeting

WASHINGTON D.C.—Astronomers using the W. M. Keck Observatory have discovered 33 pairs of black holes in distant galaxies. The new results verify that these waltzing black holes are more common than... Read more »

Keck Telescopes Take Deeper Look at Planetary Nurseries
Science News

Keck Telescopes Take Deeper Look at Planetary Nurseries

MAUNA KEA, HI—Astronomers using the W. M. Keck Observatory have peered far into a young planetary system, giving an unprecedented view of dust and gas that might eventually form worlds similar to... Read more »

First Super-Earths Discovered Around Sun-Like Stars
Science News

First Super-Earths Discovered Around Sun-Like Stars

MAUNA KEA, HI—Planet hunters using the W. M. Keck Observatory have identified at least six low-mass planets around two nearby, Sun-like stars. Two of the planets are five and 7.5 times the mass of... Read more »

Keck Observatory’s Interferometer Takes Closer look at Supermassive Black Holes
Science News

Keck Observatory’s Interferometer Takes Closer look at Supermassive Black Holes

MAUNA KEA, HI—Astronomers at the W. M. Keck Observatory are using a technique called interferometry to provide new information about central black hole systems in galaxies. Makoto Kishimoto, of the... Read more »

First of its Kind Superbright Supernova
Science News

First of its Kind Superbright Supernova

Berkeley, Calif. – A discovery of an extraordinarily bright, extraordinarily long-lasting supernova named SN 2007bi turns out to be the first known example of the earliest types of stars that... Read more »

A Galactic “fossil” in the core of the Milky Way
Science News

A Galactic “fossil” in the core of the Milky Way

KAMUELA, HI—Astronomers using the W. M. Keck Observatory and the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope have identified two distinct groups of stars within the Milky Way Galaxy’s... Read more »

Rapid Supernova Could be New Class of Exploding Star
Science News

Rapid Supernova Could be New Class of Exploding Star

BERKELEY, CA—An unusual supernova rediscovered in seven-year-old data taken at the W. M. Keck Observatory and Lick Observatory may be the first example of a new type of exploding star, possibly in... Read more »