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Observations Reveal Massive Eruptions on Jupiter’s Moon Io

Mauna Kea, Hawaii — Three massive volcanic eruptions occurred on Jupiter's moon Io within a two-week period, leading astronomers to speculate that these presumed rare "outbursts," which can send... Read more »

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Merging Galaxies Illuminate the Cosmic Food Chain

MAUNA KEA, HAWAII – Scientists studying a ‘twin’ of the Milky Way have used the W. M. Keck Observatory and Subaru Observatory to accurately model how it is swallowing another, smaller... Read more »

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Ancient Worlds from Another Galaxy Discovered Next Door

MAUNA KEA, HI -- An international team of scientists, led by astronomers at Queen Mary University of London, report of two new planets orbiting Kapteyn’s star, one of the oldest stars found near... Read more »

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Planet Found with an 80,000-Year Orbit

MAUNA KEA, HAWAII – A team of researchers has discovered and photographed a gas giant only 155 light years from our solar system, adding to the short list of exoplanets discovered through direct... Read more »

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First Potentially Habitable Earth-Sized Planet Confirmed by Keck and Gemini Observatories

The first Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting within the habitable zone of another star has been confirmed by observations with both the W. M. Keck Observatory and the Gemini Observatory. The initial... Read more »

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Distant Asteroid Revealed to be a Complex Mini Geological World

Mauna Kea, HI—After 8 years of observations scientists from the SETI Institute have found an exotic orbit for the largest Trojan asteroid, (624) Hektor—the only one known to possess a moon. The... Read more »

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Water Vapor Detected in the Atmosphere of a Hot Jupiter

Mauna Kea, HI—California Institute of Technology (Caltech) astronomers using data gathered at the W. M. Keck Observatory have developed a new technique for planetary scientists that could provide... Read more »

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Rare Brown Dwarf Discovery Provides Benchmark for Future Exoplanet Research

MAUNA KEA, HAWAII – A team of researchers led by Justin R. Crepp, the Freimann Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Notre Dame, has directly imaged a very rare type of brown dwarf... Read more »

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UCSC Scientists Capture First Cosmic Web Filaments at Keck Observatory

MAUNA KEA, HAWAII – Astronomers have discovered a distant quasar illuminating a vast nebula of diffuse gas, revealing for the first time part of the network of filaments thought to connect galaxies... Read more »

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Keck Observatory Director Taft Armandroff to Step Down

Kamuela, HI – The Board of Directors of the W. M. Keck Observatory announced today that Taft Armandroff, executive director of the world’s premier ground-based astronomical observatory,... Read more »

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Incredible website: Everything you need to know about the upcoming total eclipse! bit.ly/1p0pMTB
Tonight's schedule is HIRESR on Keck 1 and ESI on Keck 2 for our lucky observers from NASA and ANU. Sun set 06:55:00pm rise 05:54:00am
Here is the source of the great 360 image we posted earlier this week. Check out the panorama! bit.ly/1vtET7M
While our AO lasers excite a layer of sodium ions 60 miles above Earth, some lasers can hit the moon: bit.ly/XFVKsX
The sky is ready for HIRESR and ESI. Our observers from UCB and UH are also ready. Sun set 06:56:00pm rise 05:54:00am

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