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September 29, 2020

The First Distance Measurement to a Magnetar in Our Galaxy

Astronomers using the Very Long Baseline Array (which includes an antenna on the slopes of Maunakea) have made the first measurement of the distance to a […]
September 25, 2020

Event Horizon Telescope Captures Black Hole Changing over Time

In April 2019, the Event Horizon Telescope produced the first-ever image of a black hole. The object, located in the center of the galaxy M87, was […]
September 17, 2020

A White Dwarf’s Surprise Planetary Companion

Foretelling one possible (distant!) future for our own Solar System, a giant exoplanet has been discovered orbiting close to a white dwarf star. This discovery shows […]
September 14, 2020

JCMT finds hints of life on Venus

JCMT finds hints of life on Venus Press Release The Science Explained FAQs An international team of researchers using the JCMT in Hawaii have discovered the […]
September 14, 2020

The Science Explained

JCMT finds hints of life on Venus Press Release The Science Explained FAQs Phosphine is an example of a “biomarker”: a molecule that may indicate the […]
September 14, 2020


JCMT finds hints of life on Venus Press Release The Science Explained FAQs What has been discovered? A molecule called phosphine has been detected in the […]
September 8, 2020

Astronomers Discover New Information about the Evolution of Planetary Systems

A team of astronomers have used the Subaru Telescope, located on the slopes of Maunakea, to precisely measure the dynamics of two young planets outside our […]
August 28, 2020

Rare Encounters Between Cosmic Heavyweights

A combination of three Maunakea observatories (Keck, Subaru and Gemini) has been used by a team of Astronomers to discover several pairs of merging galaxies. In […]
August 27, 2020

Gemini Captures a Dizzying Display from Comet NEOWISE

When Comet NEOWISE sped through the inner Solar System in recent months, scientists and the public alike watched in awe as this “icy dirtball” shed gas […]
July 20, 2019

Aloha to our scientific colleagues around the world

Aloha to our scientific colleagues around the world, On behalf of the more than 500 people employed by the Maunakea Observatories, we offer a perspective about […]
July 15, 2019

Let’s commit to safety for all atop Maunakea

By Doug Simons, Executive Director of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. Since the state announced construction restart plans of the Thirty Meter Telescope, uncertainty about what lies ahead […]
April 10, 2019

Two Maunakea Telescopes Play Critical Role in Producing World’s First Image of a Black Hole

James Clerk Maxwell Telescope & Submillimeter Array Help Unlock One of the Universe’s Greatest Mysteries Two of the world’s most powerful telescopes, located atop Maunakea, played […]
October 5, 2018

Extrasolar Planets Discovery

The hunt for exoplanets (planets outside of our Solar System) is a hot topic in Astronomy and the Maunakea Observatories certainly impacted history with their early […]
October 2, 2018

While Seeking Planet X, Astronomers Find a Distant Solar System Object

Astronomers have discovered a new object at the edge of our Solar System. The new extremely distant object far beyond Pluto has an orbit that supports […]
September 22, 2018

Dark Matter Is A No Show In Ghostly Galaxy

Maunakea, Hawaii – Galaxies and dark matter go hand in hand; you typically don’t find one without the other. So when researchers uncovered a galaxy, known as […]
September 3, 2018

Astronomers Find A Famous Exoplanet’s Doppelgänger

Maunakea, Hawaii – When it comes to extrasolar planets, appearances can be deceiving. Astronomers have imaged a new planet, and it appears nearly identical to one of […]
August 6, 2018

The Little Star that Survived a Supernova

Through the use of GRACES – a fiber optic coupling of Gemini-N and CFHT –a star was detected that is moving at an extremely high velocity and […]
August 6, 2018

True Stars and Wannabes

Keck and CFHT proved what separates real stars from wannabes through their observations of low mass stars and brown dwarfs. The lead astronomer (Trent Dupuy) is […]