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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 »

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 »