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Astronomers at Keck Upend Galaxy Evolution Theory

Kamuela, Hawaii -- A comprehensive study of hundreds of galaxies observed by the Keck telescopes in Hawaii and NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has revealed an unexpected pattern of change that... Read more »

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Adaptive Optics allows Earth-based monitoring of Io’s Fiery show

Kamuela, Hawaii – Watching active volcanic eruptions should be done from a safe distance, and a group of California researchers has figured out how to do it from, ironically, Mauna Kea – one of... Read more »

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Astronomers Map Dark Matter Filament

Kamuela, Hawaii -- Astronomers using the W. M. Keck Observatory, the Hubble Space Telescope, and other telescopes on Mauna Kea have studied a giant filament of dark matter in 3D for the first time.... Read more »

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UCLA astronomers at Keck Observatory discover pivotal star to test Einstein’s theory

Today, UCLA astronomers using the W. M. Keck Observatory reported the discovery of a remarkable star that orbits the enormous black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy in a blistering... Read more »

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Keck Observatory Astronomer Wins Top Award

A Keck Observatory astronomer who led the way to the discovery of a super-massive black hole at the center of our galaxy has been recognized this week with the 2012 Crafoord Prize in Astronomy, an... Read more »

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Most Distant Dwarf Galaxy Detected

Kamuela, HI—Scientists have long struggled to detect the dim dwarf galaxies that orbit our own galaxy. So it came as a surprise on Jan. 18 when a team of astronomers using Keck II telescope’s... Read more »

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Smallest Solar System Found

KAMUELA, HI – For years the search for exoplanets has largely been like Gulliver’s visit to Brobdingnag: colossal systems of giant gas planets orbiting mammoth stars. But astronomers have finally... Read more »

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Nobel Prize in Physics awarded for Accelerating Expansion of the Universe

The expansion of the universe is accelerating, and this is likely driven by dark energy, a mysterious repulsive force.  Three astronomers won the Nobel prize on Tuesday for their research on... Read more »

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Universe’s “Standard Candles” Are White Dwarf Mergers

Berkeley — A new survey of distant Type Ia supernovae suggests that many if not most of these supernovae - key to astronomers’ conclusion that dark energy is accelerating the expansion of the... Read more »

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Citizen Scientists, Kepler and Keck Uncover New Planets

Astronomers at Yale University have announced the discovery of the first two potential exoplanets found by the online citizen scientist Planet Hunters program. Users of the Planet Hunters program... Read more »

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We are setting up LRIS-ADC on Keck 1 for NASA/KECK observers, DEIMOS on Keck 2 for UCD observers. Sun set 06:48:00pm rise 05:56:00am
Happy Sunday! One of the clever scientists posted this as the description for their observing run here at Keck. pic.twitter.com/3iSlETZTFr
CIT observers will work with LRIS-ADC tonight. And UCI observers will work with DEIMOS. Sun set 06:49:00pm rise 05:56:00am
Observers from CIT will use LRIS-ADC on Keck 1, while on Keck 2, UCI observers will use DEIMOS. Sun set 06:50:00pm rise 05:56:00am
On tap for Keck 1 tonight: observations of stars exploding, falling into black holes, and undergoing other violent fates!

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