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O’Meara is named Keck Observatory’s new Chief Scientist

W. M. Keck Observatory is very pleased to announce John O’Meara’s appointment as Chief Scientist, effective December 3, 2018. “We are very pleased to welcome John as the Chief Scientist of Keck Observatory,” said W. M. Keck Observatory Director Hilton Lewis. “In this role, he will be responsible for the stewardship of the observatory’s scientific […]

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‘Imiloa’s Maunakea Skies talk with Astronomer Dr. Richard Wainscoat Friday (April 20)

Learn about Near-Earth Objects and the potentially disastrous outcomes that occur once they reach Earth.

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Pauahi Foundation offers full scholarships for local science camps

Science Camps of America returns to Hawaiʻi Island this summer and they have partnered with the Pauahi Foundation again to help interested teens attend the camp of their choice. Pauahi Foundation is offering up to 14 full scholarships, 7 for each camp, to qualifying Hawaiʻi Island students. The overnight camps consist of two 10-day sessions, […]

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Dr. Simons, Director at Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, talk in Hilo Friday (March 16)

Learn about future astronomical discoveries at ‘Imiloa’s Maunakea Skies talk with Dr. Doug Simons, Director at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) on Friday, March 16 at 7 p.m.

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‘Imiloa Astronomy Center hosts free family day celebrating Hawaiian Language Sunday (Feb 25)

This year’s theme, Celebrating ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i, will feature exciting outdoor and indoor activities for the entire ‘ohana centered around the theme of Hawaiian Language.

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The “first-light” image from NIRES is of NGC 7027, a planetary nebula. The NIRES spectrum shows the near-IR spectrum of this nebula dominated by emission lines of hydrogen and helium. The direct image shows NBC 7027 in the K’ filters at 2.2 microns. IMAGE CREDIT: W. M. KECK OBSERVATORY

Keck Observatory achieves first light with new Caltech instrument

The Keck Observatory-Caltech NIRES team just completed the instrument’s first set of commissioning observations and achieved “first light” with a spectral image of the planetary nebula NGC 7027.

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Hasinger leaving UH Institute of Astronomy for the European Space Agency

University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy (IfA) Director Günther Hasinger is leaving UH to be the next director of science at the European Space Agency (ESA), Europe’s equivalent to NASA. He will be responsible for the definition, planning and execution of ESA’s science program, which includes working with member countries and international partners like the […]

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AstroDay in Kona Saturday (Nov 4)

AstroDay, an annual science and astronomy education event sponsored by the Maunakea Astronomy Outreach Committee (MKAOC), is coming to Kona Commons on Saturday, November 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free, family-oriented, science celebration has been a tradition in Hilo for the past 16 years and will be in Kona for the first […]

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Asteroid named after Hawaii County Traffic Engineer Thiel

Hawaiʻi County Traffic Division Chief Ronald Thiel knows lights. Much of his work focuses on keeping local streets safe with street lights, traffic lights and hazard lights. He also knows where lights are not helpful – when light pollution interferes with the work of astronomers and the lives of native wildlife. For Thiel’s work preserving […]

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BLNR approves Thirty-Meter Telescope permit to build

The Board of Land and Natural Resources approved the application to build the Thirty-Meter Telescope.

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Volume rendering of the output from a supercomputer simulation showing part of the cosmic web, 11.5 billion years ago. This and other models of the universe were generated and directly compared with quasar pair data in order to measure the small-scale ripples in the cosmic web. The cube is 24 million light years on a side. CREDIT: J. Onorbe /MPIA

Astronomers at Keck Observatory find ripples in the cosmic web

Astronomers for the first time have measured small ripples in the cosmic web using W. M. Keck Observatory images of rare double quasars.

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TMT contested case hearing transcripts now available to public at five libraries

Five public libraries on Hawai‘i island and O‘ahu now have copies of transcripts from Contested Case HA-16-02 regarding the Conservation District Use Application (CDUA) for the Thirty Meter Telescope at the Mauna Kea Science Reserve. The copies are available for public review but they cannot be checked out. Any parties to the contested case or […]

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Why is it Dark at Night? A Modern Look at Olber’s Paradox presentation

Dr. Tom Geballe will discuss Olber’s Paradox: a historical argument that states the darkness of the night sky conflicts with the assumption of an infinite and eternal “static universe”. Olber’s Paradox argues that if the universe is populated by an infinite amount of stars, and if the universe has existed for an infinite amount of […]

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‘Imiloa presents: Cracking the Code of Existence-Universal Questions and Answers from Maunakea

Dr. Doug Simons, Executive Director of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, will delve into “precision cosmology,” studying the structure, evolution and origin of the entire Universe, and observations of objects near the edge of the visible Universe.

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