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University of Hawaiʻi reaffirms support of TMT project

Artist’s rendering of the Thirty Meter Telescope

The University of Hawaiʻi’s response to recent media reports that the Thirty Meter Telescope is now exploring alternative sites as a “Plan B” if it can’t build in Hawaiʻi: The University of Hawaiʻi remains steadfast in our support for locating the Thirty Meter Telescope in Hawaiʻi. The project is a tremendous scientific and economic opportunity for Hawaiʻi Island and the …

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The untold story of improvements in UH stewardship of Maunakea

The monitoring of archaeological sites is conducted annually according to the guidelines in the archaeological monitoring and burial treatment plans. Pictured here: A multiple upright shrine (kūahu) in the Maunakea Science Reserve.

This editorial by UH President David Lassner and UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney first ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on November 29, 2015. Current controversies unfortunately overshadow the remarkable advances made in the stewardship of Maunakea. Critics often cite the 1998 State Auditor report on UH management. The university never disputed these findings, but viewed the report as a wakeup …

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UH confirms TMT project is the last telescope site on Maunakea

Artist’s rendering of the Thirty Meter Telescope

A letter from University of Hawaiʻi President David Lassner to Department of Land and Natural Resources Chair Suzanne Case confirms that the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project site is the last new area on the mountain where a telescope project will be contemplated or sought. Lassner’s letter to the Department of Land and Natural Resources (PDF) President Lassner’s letter to …

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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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[VIDEO] 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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[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, …

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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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