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Astronomers Measure Mass of Largest Dwarf Planet
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Astronomers Measure Mass of Largest Dwarf Planet

Baltimore (June 14th, 2007) W. M. Keck Observatory and NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have teamed up to precisely measure the mass of Eris, the largest member of a new class of dwarf planets in our... Read more »

‘OLYMPIAN GALAXY’ NEAR ANDROMEDA GIVES CLUES TO HOW GALAXIES FORM
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‘OLYMPIAN GALAXY’ NEAR ANDROMEDA GIVES CLUES TO HOW GALAXIES FORM

Honolulu (May 28th, 2007) A newly discovered dwarf galaxy in the Local Group has been found to have formed in a region of space far from our own and is falling into our system for the first time in... Read more »

Adaptive optics pinpoints two supermassive black holes in colliding galaxies
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Adaptive optics pinpoints two supermassive black holes in colliding galaxies

Santa Cruz (May 17th, 2007) Astronomers have used powerful adaptive optics technology at the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii to reveal the precise locations and environments of a pair of... Read more »

Brightest Supernova Ever Seen
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Brightest Supernova Ever Seen

Berkeley (May 7th, 2007) An exploding star first observed last September is the largest and most luminous supernova ever seen, according to University of California, Berkeley, astronomers, and may be... Read more »

“Red Square” Captured by Palomar and Keck Telescopes
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“Red Square” Captured by Palomar and Keck Telescopes

Pasadena (April 11th, 2007) Astronomers announced the arrival of a new member in the pantheon of exotically beautiful celestial objects. Christened the “Red Square” by Peter Tuthill, leader of the... Read more »

Fundamental Property of Galaxies Discovered at W. M. Keck Observatory
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Fundamental Property of Galaxies Discovered at W. M. Keck Observatory

Kamuela (March 6th, 2007) A new study using data collected by the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii has revealed that certain fundamental properties of galaxies have actually changed very little over... Read more »

‘Comet Galaxy’ Ripped Apart by Galaxy Cluster
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‘Comet Galaxy’ Ripped Apart by Galaxy Cluster

Garching, Germany (March 2nd, 2007) The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, in collaboration with several other ground- and space-based telescopes including Keck, has captured a galaxy being ripped... Read more »

Earthquake Update from W. M. Keck Observatory
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Earthquake Update from W. M. Keck Observatory

Kamuela (February 28th, 2007) The Observatory has returned to standard operating procedures after a 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck off the west coast of Hawaii October 15, 2006. The earthquake was... Read more »

Large Survey Identifies Young Binaries To Test Models Of Star Formation
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Large Survey Identifies Young Binaries To Test Models Of Star Formation

Seattle (January 10th, 2007) Results from the largest survey of its kind conducted at the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii provide data to test theories describing how small, relatively cool, but... Read more »

First Planet-Forming Disk Found in the Environment of a Dying Star
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First Planet-Forming Disk Found in the Environment of a Dying Star

Seattle (January 9th, 2007) Astronomers generally assume that the dusty disks where planets form are found around young stars in stellar nurseries. Now, for the first time, a protoplanetary disk has... Read more »