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Main-belt asteroid shows evidence of March collision

Main-belt asteroid (493) Griseldis with temporary tail. (credit: D. Tholen, S. Sheppard, C. Trujillo)

The main-belt asteroid (493) Griseldis was probably hit by another object last March. So concluded a research group led by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa astronomer David Tholen. The results were reported on November 12 at the annual meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society near Washington, DC. Observations taken with the 8-meter Subaru Telescope ...

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UH researchers shed new light on the origins of Earth’s water

Arial photograph of the most recent eruption at the Holuhraun lava field in Iceland. A proportion of the water released as vapor during this eruption is thought to be sourced directly from the Icelandic mantle plume. Dr. Hallis and her colleagues measured Icelandic and Baffin Island rocks where plume water was trapped inside the rock, rather than released into the atmosphere. Photo by Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson.

Water covers more than two-thirds of Earth’s surface, but its exact origins are still something of a mystery. Scientists have long been uncertain whether water was present at the formation of the planet, or if it arrived later, perhaps carried by comets and meteorites. Now researchers from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, using advanced ion-microprobe instrumentation, have found that ...

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More launches ahead for UH’s Hawaiʻi Space Flight Laboratory


The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Hawaiʻi Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL) is currently preparing for five space launches in the next two years with more opportunities on the horizon. “Hawaiʻi and the University of Hawaiʻi are now considered players in the aerospace industry,” said HSFL Director Luke Flynn. Hawaiʻi on the aerospace map HSFL had a key role in the first ...

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Rocket launch from Hawaiʻi carrying UH payload experiences anomaly

The Super Strypi launch vehicle fastened to a rail launch system at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi. Credit: U.S. Air Force.

Blast off! Rocket carrying #HiakaSat and 12 #cubesats is up and away! #ORS4 #SuperStrypi #spacelaunch #rocketscience @UHManoaNews @HonoluluCC @KauaiCC A video posted by University of Hawaii System (@uhawaiinews) on Nov 3, 2015 at 7:45pm PST Editor’s note: The original story was updated to reflect launch vehicle anomaly The U.S. Navy along with the U.S. Air Force’s Operationally Responsive Space Office, ...

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Governor David Ige commends Project Imua team members

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Governor David Ige presented commemorative plaques to Project Imua team members from University of Hawai’i campuses across the state during a recognition ceremony at the State Capitol on October 23. Project Imua (Hawaiian for ‘to move forward’) is a joint faculty-student enterprise for designing, fabricating and testing payloads. The actual Project Imua Payload that flew into space this past summer was ...

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Asteroid discovered by UH telescope to make close Halloween flyby

The Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS)

A large near-Earth asteroid named 2015 TB145, discovered on October 10 by the University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy’s Pan-STARRS1 Telescope atop Haleakala, Maui, will pass close to Earth on October 31. The asteroid has a diameter of approximately 1,300 feet, and will pass within approximately 300,000 miles of Earth. There is no possibility of this object impacting Earth. The ...

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Journey through the universe in Gunther Hasinger’s new book


“When observing the sky on a very clear, dark night, the soft glow of the Milky Way with its thousands of stars can be seen with the naked eye. Over the centuries since Galileo Galilei first pointed a telescope at the galaxy in 1609, this awe-inspiring yet easily visible panorama was our cosmos, our celestial world. With each new scientific ...

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Robotic laser astronomy on the rise

The ultraviolet Robo-AO laser originating from the Palomar 1.5-meter telescope dome.

The world’s first robotic laser adaptive optics system, developed by a team led by University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa astronomer Christoph Baranec, will soon find a new home at the venerable 2.1-meter (83-inch) telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona. This system, renamed Robo-AO KP, will be the world’s first dedicated adaptive optics astronomical observatory and will allow astronomers ...

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Year-long HI-SEAS space simulation mission underway

Crew members of the fourth Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation mission. Credit: UH News

On Friday, August 28, 2015, the six crew members of the fourth Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation orHI-SEAS mission entered the solar-powered dome on the slopes of Mauna Loa where they will be living in isolation for one year. The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa research project is simulating long-duration space travel. Said HI-SEAS Principal Investigator Kim Binsted, “The ...

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Discovery of tenth Tatooine-like circumbinary planet

Artist’s impression of the Kepler-453 system showing the newly discovered planet on the right and the eclipsing binary stars on the left. (Illustration copyright Mark Garlick)

A team of astronomers at the International Astronomical Union meeting in Honolulu, including University of Hawaiʻi astronomer Nader Haghighipour, will announce on August 14 the discovery of the tenth transiting circumbinary planet. The team is led by William Welsh, a professor at San Diego State University. The work has been published in the Astrophysical Journal, and the preprint is available. Reminiscent ...

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