Home / Astronomy & Space (page 3)

Astronomy & Space

First Falling Walls in Hawaiʻi hosted at Institute for Astronomy

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Institute for Astronomy (IfA) will host Hawaiʻi’s first Falling Walls Lab on May 4. The local winner will earn a presentation spot at the International Falling Walls Conference in Berlin, Germany. Groundbreaking research, projects, initiatives, ideas and business models from all disciplines are welcome. The aim of the Falling Walls Lab is to foster …

Read More »

Maunakea Observatories award Nānākuli and Kapolei students with research time

Nānākuli and Kapolei High Schools students were recognized for their outstanding student proposals, as part of the Maunakea Scholars program. These scholars will be awarded telescope time on Canada-France-Hawaiʻi Telescope, Subaru Telescope and Gemini Observatory. Maunakea Scholars is an innovative program designed to bring Hawaiʻi’s young, aspiring astronomers into the observatory community by competitively allocating observing time on Maunakea’s world-class …

Read More »

Newly discovered intergalactic void repels Milky Way

The Dipole Repeller from Daniel Pomarède on Vimeo. For decades, astronomers have known that our Milky Way galaxy—along with our companion galaxy, Andromeda—is moving through space at about 1.4 million miles per hour with respect to the expanding universe. Scientists generally assumed that dense regions of the universe, populated with an excess of galaxies, are pulling us in the same …

Read More »

Mission V crew enters HI-SEAS Mars simulation habitat on Mauna Loa

At approximately 4:50 p.m. on January 19, 2017, six astronaut-like crewmembers entered a geodesic dome located 8,200 feet above sea level on Mauna Loa on the island of Hawaiʻi, which will serve as their home for the next eight months. They are part of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) project, which has …

Read More »

Nick Kaiser awarded Royal Astronomical Society’s highest honor

Nick Kaiser, an astronomer with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Institute for Astronomy has been awarded the gold medal in astronomy by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS). Kaiser will receive his award at the society’s national astronomy meeting in July. The gold medal is the Royal Astronomical Society’s highest honor and usually recognizes lifetime achievement. First awarded in 1824, …

Read More »

HI-SEAS Mission V crew preparing to enter Mars simulation habitat

The crew has been selected, and research studies confirmed for the 2017 mission of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS). At approximately 3:30 p.m. on January 19, 2017, six astronaut-like crewmembers will enter a geodesic dome atop Mauna Loa on the island of Hawaiʻi as part of an eight-month research study of human …

Read More »

UH faculty featured in President’s speaker series at Maui and Hawaiʻi

The University of Hawaiʻi invites the community to an series of talks featuring outstanding faculty. The President’s Series will take place at UH Maui College’s ʻIke Leʻa (Room 144) and at Hawaiʻi Community College–Pālamanui outdoor theatre. Chip Fletcher Will your property be beachfront in the future? A discussion of climate impacts in Hawaiʻi UH Maui College: Monday, January 9 5 …

Read More »

Largest digital sky survey released by Pan-STARRS

The Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) project at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Institute for Astronomy is publicly releasing the world’s largest digital sky survey today, via the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland. “The Pan-STARRS1 Surveys allow anyone to access millions of images and use the database and catalogs containing precision measurements of …

Read More »

Cosmic-ray antiparticle experiment selected for NASA grant

Philip von Doetinchem, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa physics assistant professor, is part of a team working on the design of a next-generation cosmic-ray balloon antiparticle experiment called General AntiParticle Spectrometer (GAPS). This fall, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration selected the experiment for funding and awarded the project $487,259 for the next five years. The GAPS team includes researchers …

Read More »

Ice is everywhere on the dwarf planet Ceres

At first glance, Ceres, the largest body in the main asteroid belt, may not look icy. Images from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft have revealed a dark, heavily cratered world whose brightest area is made of highly reflective salts—not ice. But newly published studies from Dawn scientists, including University of Hawaiʻi astronomer Norbert Schörghofer, show two distinct lines of evidence for ice …

Read More »