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This artist's concept compares Earth (left) to the new planet, called Kepler-452b, which is about 60 percent larger in diameter. CREDIT: NASA/JPL-CALTECH/T. PYLE

Keck Observatory confirms planet described as ‘an older cousin to Earth’

The W. M. Keck Observatory has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star.

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Keck lecture series: How Stars Destroyed Most of the Atoms in the Universe

W. M. Keck Observatory Presents ‘How Stars Destroyed Most of the Atoms in the Universe’ Thursday (May 10) with Dr. Brian Siana of University of California at Riverside. The first galaxies had an extraordinary impact on the young universe. Their ultraviolet light destroyed nearly all of the atoms in the cosmos. This process, called reionization, […]

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Keck Observatory assists in identifying a potentially habitable ‘super-Earth’ planet

Scientists have discovered a planet with an orbital period of about 28 days and a minimum mass 4.5 times that of the Earth, the planet orbits within a star’s “habitable zone.”

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This artist's conception shows the KOI-961 planetary system. The system hosts the three smallest planets known to orbit a star beyond our sun (called KOI-961.01, KOI-961.02 and KOI-961.03). The smallest of these planets, KOI-961.03, is about the same size as Mars. All three planets take less than two days to whip around their star. Illustration courtesy of Caltech

Astronomers discover three small exoplanets orbiting a star

The three small exoplanets orbit a star called KOI-961. Their radii are calculated to be 78, 73 and 57 percent that of Earth.

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W. M. Keck Observatory Presents

Meet The Ice Giants
Dr. Heidi B. Hammel
Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy

The planets Neptune and Uranus host a wealth of strange atmospheric phenomena and unusual interior activity. They are surrounded by odd variable ring systems and a plethora of distinctive moons. Dr. Heidi Hammel will bring you up-to-date on the latest from these most distant planets, known as the ice giants.

Keck lecture series: Meet the Ice Giants, Thursday (July 28)

W. M. Keck Observatory Presents Meet The Ice Giants Dr. Heidi B. Hammel Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy The planets Neptune and Uranus host a wealth of strange atmospheric phenomena and unusual interior activity. They are surrounded by odd variable ring systems and a plethora of distinctive moons. Dr. Heidi Hammel will bring […]

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In “Photography of Extrasolar Planets,” Dr. Macintosh will discuss how breakthrough technologies are allowing astronomers to directly image distant worlds beyond our solar system.

Lecture on Photography of Extrasolar Planets Thursday (Oct 28)

In “Photography of Extrasolar Planets,” Dr. Macintosh will discuss how breakthrough technologies are allowing astronomers to directly image distant worlds beyond our solar system.

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W.M. Keck Observatory donates $10,000 to Imiola Astronomy Center of Hawaii

W.M. Keck Observatory donates $10,000 to Imiola Astronomy Center of Hawaii

MEDIA RELEASE UH Hilo’s ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i has received a generous donation of $10,000 from the W. M. Keck Observatory. The donation will support visits to the ‘Imiloa Center by K-12 schoolchildren and their teachers, as part of an ambitious two-year program through which ‘Imiloa is arranging programs for all public, charter and […]

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