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University of Hawaii assumes ownership of United Kingdom Infrared Telescope

United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) on Maunakea

On October 31, the University of Hawai‘i (UH) assumed ownership of the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) on Maunakea. The UKIRT is one of the world’s leading astronomical infrared observatories. UH President David Lassner said, “We are pleased to steward the UKIRT, a telescope that has made remarkable discoveries supporting the advancement of astronomical science. It is fitting to add ... Read More »

[VIDEO] Introducing Laniakea, our home supercluster of galaxies

Laniakea Supercluster i

University of Hawai’i at Mānoa astronomer R. Brent Tully, who recently shared the 2014 Gruber Cosmology Prize and the 2014 Victor Ambartsumian International Prize, has led an international team of astronomers in defining the contours of the immense supercluster of galaxies containing our own Milky Way. They have named the supercluster “Laniakea,” meaning “immense heaven” in Hawaiian. The paper explaining this ... Read More »

Laser-wielding robot probes exoplanet systems

Robo-AO laser

An international team, including Dr. Christoph Baranec of the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Institute for Astronomy, is using the world’s first robotic laser adaptive optics system—Robo-AO— to explore thousands of exoplanet systems (planets around other stars) at resolutions approaching those of the Hubble Space Telescope. The results, which shed light on the formation of exotic exoplanet systems and confirm ... Read More »

UH receives major contract for Inouye Solar Telescope instrument

Sun storm

The National Science Foundation and the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) have announced the award of a major contract to the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy to build the Cryogenic Near Infrared Spectropolarimeter (CryoNIRSP) for the new solar telescope, which is now under construction on Haleakala. This complex $5 million instrument will allow astronomers to measure the solar ... Read More »

Astronomer Dr. R. Brent Tully wins Viktor Ambartsumian International Prize

Galaxies in the local universe

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa astronomer Dr. R. Brent Tully is a co-winner of the 2014 Viktor Ambartsumian International Prize. Established in 2009 by the president of Armenia in commemoration of the great Armenian astrophysicist, it has been awarded every two years since 2010 to those who have made an important contribution in astronomy/astrophysics and related sciences. The Special Astrophysical Observatory ... Read More »

UH astronomer wins major cosmology prize

R. Brent Tully.

University of Hawaii at Manoa astronomer R. Brent Tully is one of four recipients of the 2014 Gruber Foundation Cosmology Prize for his role in understanding the structure and evolution of the nearby universe. At UH since 1975, Tully came to prominence with the publication of a 1977 paper, written with J. Richard Fisher, proposing a relationship between the masses ... Read More »

IFA alumnus Brendan Bowler wins Trumpler Award

Brendan Bowler

Brendan Bowler, who completed his dissertation last year at the Institute for Astronomy (IfA) and is now a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology, Joint Center for Planetary Astronomy has received the Robert J. Trumpler Award given by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific for a recent Ph.D. thesis considered unusually important to astronomy. According to the Astronomical Society ... Read More »

2014 UH Manoa Awards for student excellence in research

Chino Cabalteja

Each year, the Chancellor recognizes the leadership and service of UH Mānoa faculty, staff, and students committed to enhancing the University’s mission of excellence. The 2014 UH Manoa Awards ceremony will be held on April 30 in Orvis Auditorium at 2:30 p.m. Chino Cabalteja (Master’s Level) Chino Cabalteja is a Master’s Level student researcher in the Department of Molecular Biosciences ... Read More »

Two IfA exoplanet studies included in APS top science news stories of 2013

Habitable zone around a star

The American Physical Society web page, “Physics Newsmakers of 2013” says under the heading “Exoplanets,” “2013 was another banner year for the search for another Earth” and specifically mentions two discoveries that IfA astronomers participated in: Nader Haghighipour was part of the team that found three planets orbiting star Gliese 667C in the habitable zone, and Erik Petigura and Andrew ... Read More »

The Pavel’s $10M gift invests in premier UH expertise in ocean, earth and sky

Guenther Hasinger

When Victor and Margaret (Peggy) designated the University of Hawai‘i Foundation as the primary beneficiary of their estate, they wanted to keep their identity private and preferred no personal publicity for what would turn out to be the largest estate gift to UH in UH history. Fortunately, they gave us permission to posthumously acknowledge them, and let Hawai‘i know who ... Read More »

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