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Keck lecture: When a Star Winks at You (March 11)


Keck Observatory’s March Astronomy Lecture, “When a Star Winks at You,” presented by Dr. William Herbst on Thursday, March 11.

The program begins at 7 p.m., and will take place in Waimea at the W. M. Keck Observatory headquarters at 65-1120 Mamalahoa Highway. Seating is limited to first-come, first served.

Herbst, of Wesleyan University in Connecticut, will describe the winking star known as KH 15D, discovered in 1995, that set off an international search to uncover the cause of its mysterious behavior.

Fifteen years later, with the help of the Keck Observatory, astronomers have not only determined how the star winks but have also learned that it is telling them something important about the formation of planets.

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