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First Earth-Sized, Rocky Exoplanet Found

Kamuela, Hawaii  –  A team of astronomers has found the first Earth-sized planet outside the solar system that has a rocky composition like that of Earth. This exoplanet, known as Kepler-78b,... Read more »

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Astronomers Discover Most Distant Known Galaxy

Kamuela, Hawaii — University of Texas at Austin astronomer Steven Finkelstein has led a team that has discovered and measured the distance to the most distant galaxy ever found, using the W. M.... Read more »

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Caltech Scientists Detects First Progenitor of Type 1b Supernova

Kamuela, Hawaii — Powerful new survey telescopes led by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) are being combined with the W. M. Keck Observatory to provide insight into rare, exotic... Read more »

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Watery Asteroid Discovered in Dying Star Points to Habitable Exoplanets

Kamuela, HI -- Astronomers have found the shattered remains of an asteroid that contained huge amounts of water orbiting an exhausted star, or white dwarf. This suggests that the star GD 61 and its... Read more »

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Telescopes Large and Small Team Up to Study Triple Asteroid

Kamuela, HI -- Combining observations from the world’s largest telescopes with small telescopes used by amateur astronomers, a team of scientists discovered that the large main-belt asteroid (87)... Read more »

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Astronomers Observe Distant Galaxy Powered by Primordial Cosmic Fuel

Kamuela, HI -- Astronomers have detected cold streams of primordial hydrogen, vestigial matter left over from the Big Bang, fueling a distant star-forming galaxy in the early Universe. Profuse flows... Read more »

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Evidence For Densest Galaxy In Nearby Universe

Kamuela, Hawaii -- The densest galaxy in the nearby Universe may have been found. Packed with an extraordinary number of stars, this unusual galaxy is providing astronomers with clues to its... Read more »

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New Class of Star Cluster Discovered

Kamuela, Hawaii – Star clusters with properties not seen before have been discovered by an international team of astrophysicists, led by Swinburne University of Technology’s Professor Duncan... Read more »

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Scientists Discover System with Three Planets in Habitable Zone

Kamuela, HI --  A team of scientists recently confirmed six, and possibly seven, planets orbiting a star system a mere 22 light-years from Earth. More importantly, three of those planets are... Read more »

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UCI Scientists Size Up Universe’s Most Lightweight Dwarf Galaxy with Keck Observatory

Kamuela, Hawaii -- The least massive galaxy in the known universe has been measured by UC Irvine scientists, clocking in at just 1,000 or so stars with a bit of dark matter holding them together.The... Read more »

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On Keck 1, we have UCSC observers using MOSFIRE. On Keck 2, we have UCSB/UCLA observers using NIRC2-LGS. Sun set 06:51:00pm rise 05:51:00am
UCSC observers will use MOSFIRE on Keck 1, and UCSB/UCLA observers will use NIRC2-LGS on Keck 2 tonight. Sun set 06:51:00pm rise 05:51:00am
BOOM! First Potentially Habitable Earth-Size Planet Confirmed by Keck and Gemini. bit.ly/1pdXHZ9 pic.twitter.com/Yb1oA2MetB
Our guests tonight are observers from UCSC and KECK, using MOSFIRE and NIRC2-LGS/PCS* respectively. Sun set 06:51:00pm rise 05:52:00am

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