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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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First Detailed Look at a Normal Galaxy in the Very Early Universe

Mauna Kea, Hawaii – University of Hawaii at Manoa astronomer Regina Jorgenson has obtained the first image that shows the structure of a normal galaxy in the early universe as captured by the W. M.... Read more »

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Hubble and Keck Unveil a Deep Sea of Small and Faint Early Galaxies

Mauna Kea, HI – A team of scientists led by astronomers at the University of California, Riverside has used NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the W. M. Keck Observatory to uncover the... Read more »

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Kepler Team Validates 41 New Exoplanets with Keck I

Mauna Kea, Hawaii – The Kepler team today reports on four years of observations from the W. M. Keck Observatory targeting Kepler's exoplanet systems, announcing results this week at the American... Read more »

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One in Five Stars Has Earth-sized Planet in Habitable Zone

Waimea, Hawaii – Scientists from University of California, Berkeley, and University of Hawaii, Manoa, have statistically determined that twenty percent of Sun-like stars in our galaxy have... Read more »

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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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Observers from UC-lbnl/UCD will use MOSFIRE on Keck 1, while on Keck 2, UCD observers will use DEIMOS. Sun set 06:54:00pm rise 05:45:00am
On Keck 1, we have UH observers using MOSFIRE. On Keck 2, we have UCD observers using DEIMOS. Sun set 06:54:00pm rise 05:46:00am
UH observers will use MOSFIRE on Keck 1, and UCSC/UCLA observers will use ESI on Keck 2 tonight. Sun set 06:53:00pm rise 05:46:00am
Keck 1 target of opportunity! Detected the afterglow of a rare short-duration gamma ray burst. Extragalactic explosion, caught in the act.
Does this monster have exotic populations of stars at its center? We'll investigate with LRIS tonight. (3/3)

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