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Keck Helps Discover Record Fifth Planet
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Keck Helps Discover Record Fifth Planet

Berkeley (November 6th, 2007) A team of American astronomers announced the discovery of a record-breaking fifth planet around the nearby star 55 Cancri, making it the only star aside from the sun... Read more »

Morning forecast on Titan calls for widespread methane drizzle off Xanadu, according to Keck, VLT im
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Morning forecast on Titan calls for widespread methane drizzle off Xanadu, according to Keck, VLT im

(October 11th, 2007) Berkeley — Noted for its bizarre hydrocarbon lakes and frozen methane clouds, Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, also appears to have widespread drizzles of methane, according to a... Read more »

Scientists ‘Weigh’ Tiny Galaxy Halfway Across Universe
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Scientists ‘Weigh’ Tiny Galaxy Halfway Across Universe

(October 4th, 2007) Santa Barbara, California –– A tiny galaxy, nearly halfway across the universe, the smallest in size and mass known to exist at that distance, has been identified by an... Read more »

Dark, but Light: Smallest Galaxies Ever Seen Solve a Big Problem
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Dark, but Light: Smallest Galaxies Ever Seen Solve a Big Problem

Mauna Kea (September 12th, 2007) Mauna Kea scientists may have solved a discrepancy between the number of extremely small, faint galaxies predicted to exist near the Milky Way and the number actually... Read more »

‘One Of The Most Curious Objects In The Sky’ Delights Astronomers Again
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‘One Of The Most Curious Objects In The Sky’ Delights Astronomers Again

Mauna Kea (August 29th, 2007) Edwin Hubble once called IC 10 “one of the most curious objects in the sky,” and new observations of the extremely faint, lightweight dwarf galaxy are giving... Read more »

Scientists Study Changes In Planets Rings
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Scientists Study Changes In Planets Rings

Berkeley (August 23rd, 2007) As the rings of Uranus swing edge-on to Earth – a short-lived view we get only once every 42 years – astronomers observing the event are getting an unprecedented,... Read more »

Polluted Dead Star Indicates Planets Like Earth May Have Formed Around Other Stars
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Polluted Dead Star Indicates Planets Like Earth May Have Formed Around Other Stars

Los Angeles (August 16th, 2007) The chemical fingerprint of a burned-out star indicates that Earth-like planets may not be rare in the universe and could give clues to what our solar system will look... Read more »

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Keck Confirms Largest Exoplanet To Date

Mauna Kea (August 6th, 2007) An international team of astronomers has discovered the largest-radius and lowest-density exoplanet of all those whose mass and radius are known. It is a gas-giant planet... Read more »

‘Blue Needle’ Presents New Challenge for Theorists
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‘Blue Needle’ Presents New Challenge for Theorists

Mauna Kea (July 19th, 2007) Astronomers using the W. M. Keck Observatory and NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to study disks of debris around stars have found one that is extremely lopsided. While... Read more »

Astronomers Find Most Distant Known Galaxies
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Astronomers Find Most Distant Known Galaxies

Pasadena, Calif. (July 10th, 2007) Using natural “gravitational lenses,” an international team of astronomers claim to have found the first traces of a population of the most distant galaxies yet... Read more »