Home / Astronomy & Space (page 3)

Astronomy & Space

[VIDEO] 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, ...

Read More »

Governor David Ige commends Project Imua team members

Launch_featured image

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

Journey through the universe in Gunther Hasinger’s new book

manoa-ifa-hasinger-g-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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

[VIDEO] 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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

[VIDEO] UH students watch as NASA rocket launches Project Imua’s scientific payload into space

A two-stage Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket launched on August 12, 2015.

University of Hawai’i community college students watched their scientific payload spin into space on August 12 when a two-stage Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket was launched around midnight Hawaiʻi time from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Students from Honolulu Community College, Kapiʻolani Community College, Kauaʻi Community College and Windward Community College are part of a collaboration known as Project Imua, a joint ...

Read More »

Is there life in the Alpha Centauri system?

Artist’s impressions of Earth-like planets covered by photosynthetic organisms with terrestrial-like biopigments studied by the team. (credit: S. Berdyugina and C. Giebink)

The search for life on other planets is fascinating, challenging and enlightening. Scientists from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Institute for Astronomy, including Astronomer Jeff Kuhn, Instrument and Telescope Project Scientist David Harrington and Software Engineer John Messersmith, are part of a team headed by Professor Svetlana Berdyugina (Kiepenheuer Institut fuer Sonnenphysik and the University of Freiburg, Germany), a visiting ...

Read More »

UH astronomer to head division of International Astronomical Union

Artist's conception of a star (left) being ejected from a galaxy by a supernova explosion. In reality the supernova would have been faded away long before the star reached that position. Credit: ESA/Hubble, NASA.

Nader Haghighipour, an astronomer at the Institute for Astronomyand the NASA Astrobiology Institute at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has been elected president of Division F (planetary systems and astrobiology) of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) for 2015–18. Haghighipour will have an important role in promoting and encouraging the study of planetary systems around our sun and outside our ...

Read More »