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April 12, 2022
AB Aurigae

Subaru Telescope Spots a Planet in Formation

Using the Subaru telescope on Maunakea, astronomers have discovered a Jupiter-like planet in the process of being formed in another solar system. This ground-breaking experiment provides evidence for a long-debated alternative theory for how Jupiter-like planets form. Read more, in the Subaru Telescope web release.
January 7, 2022
Milky Way illustration

MKOs Combine to Observe the Ruins of an Ancient Star Cluster

Astronomers have found the ruins of an ancient globular cluster in the outskirts of the Milky Way. Using the Canada-France-Hawaii and Gemini North telescopes on Maunakea, in conjunction with the Gaia satellite, they showed that the motions and compositions of stars in an outer-galaxy “stream” mean that it must have originated as a globular star cluster. In fact, this stream […]
January 7, 2022
Rogue planets

Rogue Planets by the Hundred

Online viewers of the Subaru Telescope live stream were mesmerised by a cluster of more than a dozen meteors One Scouring through images from CFHT, Subaru and a number of other telescopes worldwide, an international team of astronomers has found the largest collection of free-floating “rogue” planets ever discovered, measuring their brightness, colour and miniscule motions across the sky. These […]
October 25, 2021
Image of the planet 2M0437

Infant Planet Discovered using Maunakea Telescopes

Online viewers of the Subaru Telescope live stream were mesmerised by a cluster of more than a dozen meteors One of the youngest planets ever observed around a distant star was recently discovered by an international team of scientists, using the Subaru and Keck observatories on Maunakea. The planet is several million years old, which is as young as the […]
October 20, 2021
White-Dwarf-system

A Crystal Ball Into Our Solar System’s Future

Astronomers using the Keck observatory on Maunakea have observed a planetary system located near the center of our Milky Way galaxy and provided a glimpse into the (distant) future of our own Solar System. Read more, in the W M Keck Observatory press release.
August 6, 2021
Meteor cluster event

Subaru Telescope Captures a Rare Meteor Cluster

Online viewers of the Subaru Telescope live stream were mesmerised by a cluster of more than a dozen meteors streaking across the dark Maunakea sky in quick succession, in the early hours of July 14th. The objects were also captured by the University of Hawaii’s all-sky camera on Haleakalā. The video is now being analyzed in detail by researchers. Read […]
July 27, 2021
A collapsing star that is producing two short gamma-ray jets

Gemini North Identifies the Surprising Cause of a “Fizzled” Gamma-Ray Burst

Astronomers using the Event Horizon Telescope (of which two Maunakea observatories are a part) have zoomed into Astronomers have discovered the shortest-ever gamma-ray burst (GRB) caused by the implosion of a massive star. Using the Gemini North telescope on Maunakea, astronomers identified the cause of this 0.6-second flurry of gamma rays as a supernova explosion in a distant galaxy. GRBs […]
July 21, 2021
SMA Centaurus A

Zooming into the Heart of Centaurus A

Astronomers using the Event Horizon Telescope (of which two Maunakea observatories are a part) have zoomed into the heart of Centaurus A for the first time — at the center of which lies a black hole with the mass of 55 million suns. Read more, in the Submillimeter Array press release.
June 16, 2021

We are normal

“We are normal!” - After thirty years of observational work, largely from Maunakea, astronomers reveal that the gas giant planets in many other solar systems lie at about the same distance from their stars as Jupiter does in our own solar system.