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First Triple Quasar Discovered at W. M. Keck Observatory
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First Triple Quasar Discovered at W. M. Keck Observatory

Seattle (January 8th, 2007) Astronomers using the W. M. Keck Observatory have discovered a triple quasar. Quasars are powerful sources of electromagnetic energy, which includes radio waves and... Read more »

Astronomers Discover Enormous Halo of Red Giant Stars Orbiting Andromeda
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Astronomers Discover Enormous Halo of Red Giant Stars Orbiting Andromeda

Seattle (January 7th, 2007) Astronomers have found an enormous halo of stars bound to the Andromeda galaxy and extending far beyond the swirling disk seen in images of the famous galaxy, our nearest... Read more »

Newfound Diversity in Gamma-Ray Bursts
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Newfound Diversity in Gamma-Ray Bursts

Berkeley (December 20th, 2006) Two brilliant flashes of light from nearby galaxies are puzzling astronomers and could indicate that gamma-ray bursts, which signal the birth of a black hole, are more... Read more »

NSF Awards $2 Million Grant to Improve Keck Interferometer
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NSF Awards $2 Million Grant to Improve Keck Interferometer

Kamuela (December 18th, 2006) The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the W. M. Keck Observatory $2 million to improve the sensitivity and resolution of the Keck Interferometer. The... Read more »

Images of Dwarf Planet Ceres
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Images of Dwarf Planet Ceres

Pasadena, Calif. (October 11th, 2006) Although Ceres is the largest main-belt asteroid and was the first to be discovered (by G.Piazzi in 1801), its physical properties are still not well understood.... Read more »

Keck Observatory’s Ben Berkey Named Volunteer of the Year
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Keck Observatory’s Ben Berkey Named Volunteer of the Year

Hale Pohaku, Mauna Kea (September 23rd, 2006) The Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station (VIS) annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet took place at Hale Pohaku on September 23, 2006. Forty-four... Read more »

‘Champagne Supernovae’ Challenges Ideas About How Supernovae Work
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‘Champagne Supernovae’ Challenges Ideas About How Supernovae Work

Pasadena, Calif. (September 20th, 2006) An international team of astronomers at the California Institute of Technology, University of Toronto, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have... Read more »

W. M. Keck Observatory Science Meeting Takes Place September 15 at UC Irvine
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W. M. Keck Observatory Science Meeting Takes Place September 15 at UC Irvine

Kamuela (September 5th, 2006) Science reporters are invited to attend the annual Keck Observatory Science Meeting on Friday, Sept. 15 at University of California, Irvine. The meeting features recent... Read more »

Elegant spiral arms betray existence of massive binary stars within bright star cluster
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Elegant spiral arms betray existence of massive binary stars within bright star cluster

Kamuela, Hawaii (August 22nd, 2006) – The five red stars at the heart of the Quintuplet Cluster – one of the most massive clusters in the Milky Way Galaxy – may all be dusty pinwheels, a... Read more »

Internship Program Wraps with Student Symposium at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center
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Internship Program Wraps with Student Symposium at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center

Hilo, Hawaii (August 2nd, 2006) – The ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo, which is dedicated to showcasing astronomy and culture in Hawaii, was an ideal venue for the 2006 Akamai Observatory... Read more »