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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

FAQ

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 […]
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 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 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 […]
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 […]
June 25, 2020

Pōniuāʻena – A Quasar with a Monster Black Hole in the Early Universe

Using the UKIRT, Gemini North and Keck telescopes on Maunakea, and combining with observations from observatories in Chile (including Gemini South and Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory), […]
May 1, 2020

Super-Jupiter Discovered in Kepler-88 System

A team of astronomers using the Keck Observatory on Maunakea have discovered a planet three times the mass of Jupiter in a distant planetary system. This […]
February 13, 2020

Astronomers Study the Formation of “Failed Stars”

A team of astronomers has used the Keck and Subaru telescopes on Maunakea to gain new insight into the processes of star and planet formation. They […]
February 3, 2020

Astronomers Discover Strange Objects Near Our Galaxy’s Central Black Hole

Astronomers have discovered a new class of objects at the center of our Galaxy using the Keck Observatory on Maunakea. By combining 13 years of data […]
January 16, 2020

Astronomers Discover Distant Galaxies Driving an Ancient Cosmic Makeover of the Early Universe

An international team of astronomers has used the Keck Observatory on Maunakea to identify the most distant group of galaxies identified in the Universe to date. […]
November 26, 2019

Water Vapor Discovered on One of Jupiter’s Moons

An international team of astronomers have used the Keck telescopes on Maunakea to detect water vapor for the first time above the surface of Europa, one […]
October 8, 2019

Massive Filaments Fuel the Growth of Galaxies and Supermassive Black Holes

An international group of scientists has used observations from the Subaru and Keck telescopes on Maunakea to observe enormous filaments of gas in the early Universe, […]