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New Catalog Showcases a Diverse Exoplanet Landscape with Strange, Exotic Worlds

New Catalog Showcases a Diverse Exoplanet Landscape with Strange, Exotic Worlds

A new, robust catalog is out featuring 126 confirmed and candidate exoplanets discovered with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration …
Exoplanet Gliese 12b

Earth Twin or Evil Twin

Maunakea, Hawaiʻi – The discovery of a planet similar in size to Venus that’s orbiting a star in the neighborhood …
an image of uma3/u1, a tiny cluster of ancient stars captured by cfht. Credit: CFHT/S. Gwyn

Faintest Known Star System Orbiting the Milky Way Discovered from Hawaiʻi

Maunakea, Hawaiʻi – A team of astronomers led by the University of Victoria and Yale University has detected an ancient …

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Director's Message: Maunakea's Future

Director’s Message: Maunakea’s Future

Aloha, Today, Governor David Ige signed HB2024 into law, establishing a new governance and management structure for Maunakea by creating …
W. M. Keck Observatory’s Chief of Technical Development  Peter Wizinowich Wins 2022 Joseph Weber Award

W. M. Keck Observatory’s Chief of Technical Development Peter Wizinowich Wins 2022 Joseph Weber Award

Maunakea, Hawaiʻi – Congratulations to Dr. Peter Wizinowich, chief of technical development at W. M. Keck Observatory, who has been …
Making the Nearly Invisible, Visible: Astronomers Trace the Gas that Breathes Life into Galaxies

Making the Nearly Invisible, Visible: Astronomers Trace the Gas that Breathes Life into Galaxies

Maunakea, Hawaiʻi— Astronomers have developed a groundbreaking new method of seeing the massive, but barely visible gas tanks that fuel …
"Black Widow" Star Devours Its Rapidly Circling Companion

“Black Widow” Star Devours Its Rapidly Circling Companion

Finding Represents the Shortest-period Black Widow Binary Found to Date Maunakea, Hawaiʻi – In black widow star systems, a rapidly …
Lānaʻi High School Students Win Telescope Time on Maunakea, Haleakalā

Lānaʻi High School Students Win Telescope Time on Maunakea, Haleakalā

An inaugural cohort of Maunakea Scholars at Lānaʻi High School have won highly competitive, professional observing time at some of …
Astronomers Discover Widest Separation of Brown Dwarf Pair to Date

Astronomers Discover Widest Separation of Brown Dwarf Pair to Date

Maunakea, Hawaiʻi – A team of astronomers has discovered a rare pair of brown dwarfs that has the widest separation …
Surprisingly High Fraction of Dead Galaxies Found in Ancient Galactic City

Surprisingly High Fraction of Dead Galaxies Found in Ancient Galactic City

Why Cluster’s Galaxies are Unlike Those in All the Other Known Protoclusters is a Mystery, says UC Riverside-led Team Maunakea, …
Saturn’s High-altitude Winds Generate Extraordinary Aurorae, Study Finds

Saturn’s High-altitude Winds Generate Extraordinary Aurorae, Study Finds

Maunakea, Hawaiʻi – Space scientists have discovered a never-before-seen mechanism fueling huge planetary aurorae at Saturn. A University of Leicester-led …
Puffy Planets Lose Atmospheres, Become Super-Earths

Puffy Planets Lose Atmospheres, Become Super-Earths

Finding Represents First Detections of Atmospheric Loss in “Mini-Neptunes” Maunakea, Hawaiʻi – Astronomers have identified two different cases of “mini-Neptune” …
Newly-Found Planets On The Edge Of Destruction

Newly-Found Planets On The Edge Of Destruction

Maunakea, Hawaiʻi – Three newly-discovered planets have been orbiting dangerously close to stars nearing the end of their lives. Out …
Astronomers Witness a Dying Star Reach Its Explosive End

Astronomers Witness a Dying Star Reach Its Explosive End

Two Hawai’i Telescopes Capture a Massive Star Moments Before Going Supernova Haleakalā and Maunakea, Hawaiʻi – For the very first …
Rocky Exoplanets Are Even Stranger Than We Thought

Rocky Exoplanets Are Even Stranger Than We Thought

A New Astrogeology Study Suggests That Most Nearby Rocky Exoplanets Are Quite Unlike Anything in Our Solar System Maunakea, Hawaiʻi …