Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee

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Telescopes Team Up to Find Distant Uranus-Sized Planet Through Microlensing

Jul 30, 2015 - W.M. Keck Observatory

Maunakea, Hawaii – The W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii and NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have made independent confirmations of an exoplanet orbiting far from its...

Keck Observatory Names Chief Scientist

Jul 30, 2015 - W.M. Keck Observatory

KAMUELA, Hawaii – W. M. Keck Observatory is very pleased to announce Anne Kinney has been appointed Chief Scientist, effective August 3, 2015."We are delighted to welcome Anne...

Science Results - Hiding in Plain Sight: Undergraduates Discover the Densest Galaxies Known

Jul 27, 2015 - Subaru Telescope

Discoveries of the two compact galaxies that are the densest known will shed light on the missing link between the massive globular clusters and the ultra-compact dwarf galaxies.

Fossil Star Clusters Reveal Their Age

Jul 27, 2015 - W.M. Keck Observatory

Maunakea, Hawaii – Using a new age-dating method and the W. M. Keck Observatory on Maunakea, an international team of astronomers have determined that ancient star clusters...

2015 Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Summit

Jul 24, 2015 - Imiloa Astronomy Center

Found: Earth’s Closest Cousin Yet

Jul 23, 2015 - W.M. Keck Observatory

Maunakea, Hawaii – The W. M. Keck Observatory has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star. This discovery and the...

Gemini Studies a Plethora of Brown Dwarfs Candidates

Jul 23, 2015 - Gemini Observatory

Figure 1. NIR Spectral type histogram of all known low-gravity dwarfs and those presented in this work. Green bars delimited by dashed lines represent the known...

Pluto from Hawaii

Jul 17, 2015 - W.M. Keck Observatory

Maunakea, Hawaii –The past two weeks have been 14 monumental days for beings on Earth interested in Pluto and its five moons.While many people think it’s pretty cool to see...

W. M. Keck Observatory Launches App KeckWatch

Jul 17, 2015 - W.M. Keck Observatory

Kamuela, Hawaii - Today, W. M. Keck Observatory launched a new smartphone app to stoke the curiosity and wonder of astronomy. KeckWatch was built by First Light Design - the...

Wayfinding Talk: Filming on the Deck of Hōkūle‘a

Jul 15, 2015 - Imiloa Astronomy Center


Jul 9, 2015 - Gemini Observatory


Gigantic, Early Black Hole Could Upend Evolutionary Theory

Jul 9, 2015 - W.M. Keck Observatory

Maunakea, Hawaii – An international team of astrophysicists led by Benny Trakhtenbrot, a researcher at ETH Zurich’s Institute for Astronomy, discovered a gigantic black hole in...

Epic Origami Exhibit, July 5 to September 27, 2015

Jul 7, 2015 - Imiloa Astronomy Center

Science Results - Dark Matter Map Begins to Reveal the Universe's Early History

Jul 1, 2015 - Subaru Telescope

Researchers from the NAOJ and other institutions have found nine immense concentrations of dark matter in a 2.3 square degree area of sky using the HSC installed on the Subaru...

Science Results - Unexpectedly Little Black-hole Monsters Rapidly Suck up Surrounding Matter

Jun 25, 2015 - Subaru Telescope

Researchers found strong outflows from ultra-luminous x-ray sources that are created as matter falls onto their black holes at unexpectedly high rates.

Science Results - Astronomers Discover More than 800 Dark Galaxies in the Famous Coma Cluster

Jun 22, 2015 - Subaru Telescope

A group of researchers has discovered 854 "ultra dark galaxies" in the Coma Cluster by analyzing archival data from the Subaru Telescope. The initial discovery was a surprise in...

Science Results - Best Observational Evidence of First Generation Stars in the Universe

Jun 17, 2015 - Subaru Telescope

A research team discovered surprisingly bright very young galaxies using the Subaru Telescope and other telescopes. One of these is by far the brightest galaxy ever observed at...

Scientists Discover Brightest Early Galaxy and Likely First Generation Stars

Jun 17, 2015 - W.M. Keck Observatory

Maunakea, Hawaii – Astronomers using several of the largest telescopes on Earth and space have discovered the brightest galaxy yet found in the early Universe and have...

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OUR MISSION: The Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee (MKAOC) coordinates and organizes the collective outreach efforts of the astronomy community and acts as a forum for the astronomy community and related organizations to plan and coordinate outreach activities.


MKAOC Members hold regular public programs each month as well as special outreach events throughout the year.

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