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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 […]
August 20, 2020

Citizen Scientists Help Locate Some of the Coolest Brown Dwarfs Ever Discovered

Astronomers using the W. M. Keck Telescope on Maunakea teamed up with a group of citizen scientists, aided by decades of astronomical catalogs from NSF’s NOIRLab […]
August 13, 2020

JCMT Reveals a Treasure Map for Star Formation

The James Clerk Maxwell Telescope on Maunakea has given us a unique look at the early stages of star formation. An international team of astronomers performed […]
August 11, 2020

Using Artificial Intelligence to Classify Galaxies in our Universe

A group of astronomers have used state of the art artificial intelligence algorithms to classify more than half a million galaxies in images obtained with the […]
August 7, 2020

Record-breaking Galaxy Provides New Hints About the Early Stages of Our Universe

Astronomers have used the combination of two powerful Maunakea telescopes (Subaru and Keck) to discover a nearby galaxy that has broken the record for having the […]
August 6, 2020

Astronomers Use Maunakea Telescope to Explain the Record-breaking Dimming of Betelgeuse

Astronomers have discovered gigantic star-spots on the red supergiant star Betelgeuse, using the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope on Maunakea. Beginning in October 2019, Betelgeuse, which is […]
August 5, 2020

Astronomers Use Super-sharp Radio Vision to Find New Planets

Astronomers have discovered a Saturn-sized planet closely orbiting a small, cool star 35 light-years from Earth using the Very Long Baseline Array. This unique telescope consists […]
July 29, 2020

Maunakea Observatories’ Quick Reflexes Capture Fleeting Flash

Astronomers have discovered the second-most distant confirmed short gamma-ray burst (SGRB) ever studied using two Maunakea Observatories in Hawaiʻi – W. M. Keck Observatory and the […]