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‘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 »

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 »