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​Four Synchronized Planets Reveal Clues to How Planets Form
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​Four Synchronized Planets Reveal Clues to How Planets Form

MAUNAKEA, Hawaii – The search for planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy has revealed an extraordinary family of planets whose orbits are so carefully timed that they provide long-term... Read more »

Metal Content in Early Galaxies Challenges Star Forming Theory
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Metal Content in Early Galaxies Challenges Star Forming Theory

By Steve JeffersonMAUNAKEA, Hawaii – An International team led by scientists at ETH Zurich in Switzerland used the W. M. Keck Observatory to study the role of star formation rates in metal contents... Read more »

New Hypervelocity Binary Star Challenges Dark Matter, Stellar Acceleration Models
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New Hypervelocity Binary Star Challenges Dark Matter, Stellar Acceleration Models

MAUNAKEA, Hawaii — A team of astronomers at the Friedrich Alexander University led by Péter Németh has discovered a binary star moving nearly at the escape velocity of our galaxy. There are about... Read more »

UCR Student Traces Star Formation Rates in Distant Galaxies
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UCR Student Traces Star Formation Rates in Distant Galaxies

MAUNAKEA, Hawaii — A group of researchers, led by a University of California, Riverside graduate student, observed distant galaxies with the MOSFIRE high-resolution near-infrared spectrometer at W.... Read more »

Solved! 40 Year-old Mystery on the Size of Shadowy Galaxies
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Solved! 40 Year-old Mystery on the Size of Shadowy Galaxies

MAUNAKEA, Hawaii – Using the world’s largest telescopes, researchers discovered ancient cold gas clouds larger than galaxies in the early Universe. The discovery was announced today at a press... Read more »

Maunakea Observatories Put New Spin on Galaxy Formation
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Maunakea Observatories Put New Spin on Galaxy Formation

MAUNAKEA, Hawaii – A team of Australian researchers used two Maunakea-based observatories – Gemini North and W. M. Keck Observatory – to discover why some galaxies are clumpy rather than spiral... Read more »

NASA Honors Keck Observatory for Opening its Archive to the Public
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NASA Honors Keck Observatory for Opening its Archive to the Public

MAUNAKEA, Hawaii – The W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii has just been awarded the 2015 NASA Group Achievement Award for pioneering the Keck Observatory Archive (KOA) ten years ago, which has... Read more »

$4 Million Laser Marks Ground Zero for Adaptive Optics Science
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$4 Million Laser Marks Ground Zero for Adaptive Optics Science

MAUNAKEA, Hawaii – Hawaii’s W. M. Keck Observatory has successfully deployed a $4 million laser system that provides a marked increase in the resolution and clarity of what are already the most... Read more »

Prodigious ‘Brightest Cluster Galaxy’ Discovered Churning Trillions of Stars
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Prodigious ‘Brightest Cluster Galaxy’ Discovered Churning Trillions of Stars

MAUNAKEA, Hawaii – An international team of astronomers has discovered a distant massive galaxy cluster with a core bursting with new stars. The discovery, made with the help of the Maunakea-based... Read more »

Hot Jupiter-esque Discovery Hints at Planet Formation
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Hot Jupiter-esque Discovery Hints at Planet Formation

MAUNAKEA, Hawaii – A team of astronomers discovered a Jupiter-like planet within a young system that could serve as a decoder ring for understanding how planets formed around our sun. The W. M.... Read more »