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Keck Telescopes Take Deeper Look at Planetary Nurseries
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 »

A New View of the Moon
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A New View of the Moon

KAMUELA, HI—On Oct. 9, astronomers at the W. M. Keck Observatory used the Keck II telescope to search for water harbored in the Moon’s permanently shadowed craters.The observations were made as... Read more »

Keck Interferometer Nuller Spots Double Dust Cloud
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Keck Interferometer Nuller Spots Double Dust Cloud

KAMUELA, Hawaii (Sept. 24, 2009) — Linking the twin, 10-meter telescopes in Hawaii, astronomers at the W. M. Keck Observatory discovered an extended, double-layered dust disk orbiting 51 Ophiuchi,... Read more »

Jupiter Adds a Feature
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Jupiter Adds a Feature

Mauna Kea, Hawai’i — Jupiter’s got a brand new mark. Something slammed into the gas giant leaving a dark bruise in the planet’s atmosphere, scientists at Keck Observatory confirmed early on... Read more »

New Method Finds Most Distant Supernovae
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New Method Finds Most Distant Supernovae

Mauna Kea, Hawai’i—Astronomers have yet again rewritten the record books for discovering the most distant supernovae. Using Hawaii’s W. M. Keck Observatory and Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope... Read more »