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Robot Discovers Two New Neighbors

Maunakea, Hawaii – A team of astronomers using ground-based telescopes in Hawaii, California, and Arizona recently discovered a planetary system orbiting a nearby star that is only 54 light-years... Read more »

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Unusual Asteroid Suspected of Spinning to Explosion

Mauna Kea, Hawaii – A team led by astronomers from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, recently used the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii to observe and measure a rare class of “active... Read more »

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​Mars Lost an Ocean’s Worth of Water

MAUNA KEA, HI – A primitive ocean on Mars once held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean, according to NASA scientists who measured signatures of water in the planet’s atmosphere using the most... Read more »

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​Thermonuclear Supernova Ejects Galaxy’s Fastest Star

MAUNA KEA, HI – Scientists using the W. M. Keck Observatory and Pan-STARRS1 telescopes on Hawaii have discovered a star that breaks the galactic speed record, traveling with a velocity of about... Read more »

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Supernova Split into Four Images by Cosmic Lens

MAUNA KEA, HI – Astronomers have for the first time spotted four images of a distant exploding star, arranged in a cross-shape pattern by a powerful gravitational lens. In addition to being a... Read more »

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Three Almost Earth-Size Planets Found Orbiting Nearby Star

MAUNA KEA, HI – A team of scientists recently discovered a system of three planets, each just larger than Earth, orbiting a nearby star called EPIC 201367065. The three planets are 1.5-2 times the... Read more »

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Comprehensive Andromeda Study Hints of Violent History

MAUNA KEA, HI – A detailed study of the motions of different stellar populations in Andromeda galaxy by UC Santa Cruz scientists using W. M. Keck Observatory data has found striking differences... Read more »

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Scientists Accurately Quantify Dust Around Planets in Search for Life

MAUNA KEA, Hawaii — A new study from the Keck Interferometer, a former NASA project that combined the power of the twin W. M. Keck Observatory telescopes atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii, has brought... Read more »

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‘Eye of Sauron’ Provides New Way of Measuring Distances to Galaxies

MAUNA KEA, Hawaii — A team of scientists, led by Dr. Sebastian Hoenig from the University of Southampton, has accurately measured the distance to the nearby NGC4151 galaxy, using the W. M.... Read more »

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Evicted? Possible Black Hole Found 2,600 Light Years from Home

MAUNA KEA, Hawaii — An international team of researchers analyzing decades of observations from many facilities — including the W. M. Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea, the Pan-STARRS1 telescope on... Read more »

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The sky is ready for OSIRIS-LGS/HIRESR and NIRC2-LGS. Our observers from UCLA/UCB and UH are also ready. Sun set 07:07:00pm rise 05:48:00am
Keck 1 HIRESR is scheduled with NASA observers. Keck 2 NIRSPEC/NIRC2-NGS is scheduled for NASA observers. Sun set 07:08:00pm rise 05:48:00am
We are setting up HIRESR on Keck 1 for CIT observers, NIRSPEC/NIRC2-NGS on Keck 2 for NASA observers. Sun set 07:09:00pm rise 05:48:00am
UCB observers will work with HIRESR tonight. And NASA/UCSD observers will work with NIRSPEC/NIRC2-NGS. Sun set 07:09:00pm rise 05:47:00am
Congratulations Andrea Ghez @UCLA and #GalacticCenter team! Love, W. M. Keck Observatory bit.ly/1DWqDI0

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