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Enceladus Shows Little Sodium Leaving Scientists Questioning Existence of Underground Ocean
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Enceladus Shows Little Sodium Leaving Scientists Questioning Existence of Underground Ocean

One of Saturn’s moons, Enceladus, appears to be missing some sodium. The new observations made at the W. M. Keck Observatory suggest that the plumes of gas and ice seen exploding from the moon are... Read more »

Exoplanet’s Tilted Orbit Challenges Theories of Planet Formation
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Exoplanet’s Tilted Orbit Challenges Theories of Planet Formation

An international team of astronomers has discovered an exoplanet whose orbit is steeply tilted from the plane of the star’s equator, a finding that contradicts theories about how planetary systems... Read more »

Keck Laser Helps Astronomers Probe the Nature of Massive Galaxies in the Early Universe
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Keck Laser Helps Astronomers Probe the Nature of Massive Galaxies in the Early Universe

PASADENA, Calif.—Astronomers using the W. M. Keck Observatory have discovered distant galaxies as massive as the Milky Way yet ten to 1000 times more compact. The new results, announced June 9 at... Read more »

Berkeley Astronomers Lift Shroud on Dark Gamma Ray Bursts
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Berkeley Astronomers Lift Shroud on Dark Gamma Ray Bursts

PASADENA, Calif.—Astronomers using the Keck telescopes may have solved the mystery of dark gamma ray bursts—intense flashes of X-ray and gamma-ray radiation that have little to no optical... Read more »

Mysterious Space Blob Discovered at Cosmic Dawn
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Mysterious Space Blob Discovered at Cosmic Dawn

Astronomers using a suite of telescopes including the W. M. Keck Observatory have discovered a giant gas object that may be one of the earliest ancestors of a forming galaxy. This object, dubbed an... Read more »

Cluster Heavyweights Caught in Cosmic Traffic Jam
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Cluster Heavyweights Caught in Cosmic Traffic Jam

Astronomers have recently identified the Universe’s most crowded cosmic free-way, where monster galaxy clusters are slamming together in one of the largest collisions ever recorded. Pinpointing... Read more »

Keck and Kepler Team up To Find Other Earths
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Keck and Kepler Team up To Find Other Earths

KAMUELA, HI — For nearly a decade, Cal-Berkeley astronomer Geoff Marcy and his colleagues have been using the W. M. Keck telescopes to discover giant planets orbiting distant stars. Now, with the... Read more »

Maunakea Lecture Series Celebrates  the International Year of Astronomy 2009
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Maunakea Lecture Series Celebrates the International Year of Astronomy 2009

Hawai‘i Island, HI –  The public is invited to attend The Maunakea 2009 Lecture Series, free monthly lectures throughout 2009 hosted by ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center and W. M. Keck Observatory to... Read more »

Discovery of Methane Reveals Mars Is Not a Dead Planet
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Discovery of Methane Reveals Mars Is Not a Dead Planet

WASHINGTON—A team of NASA and university scientists has achieved the first definitive detection of methane in the atmosphere of Mars. This discovery indicates the planet is either biologically or... Read more »

Astronomers use gamma-ray burst to probe star formation in the early universe
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Astronomers use gamma-ray burst to probe star formation in the early universe

LONG BEACH, CA (January 6th, 2009) The brilliant afterglow of a powerful gamma-ray burst (GRB) has enabled astronomers to probe the star-forming environment of a distant galaxy, resulting in the... Read more »