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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 »

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 »