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Sunless Planet Found Wandering In Galaxy
2013-10-10 10:04:16

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While most of the planets seen outside our solar system have been observed orbiting a distant star, one of the most recently discovered exoplanets found was seen wandering the depths of space without the warming comfort of a nearby sun. The newly discovered planet PSO J318.5-22 is 80 light-years from Earth and has a mass about six times that of Jupiter. According to a study in Astrophysical Journal Letters that described the discovery,...

Anonymous $3M Donation Puts Pan-STARRS Back On Track
2013-03-19 09:04:30

Institute for Astronomy - University of Hawaii The cancellation of earmarks by the U.S. Congress in 2011 left Pan-STARRS, one of the University of Hawaii´s flagship programs, $10M short of the funds needed to complete the historic 2-telescope system–and on the verge of folding. Thanks to an anonymous $3M gift made through the University of Hawaii Foundation, Pan-STARRS will survive the cuts and continue astronomy research of global import. The Pan-STARRS project is an...

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2010-06-16 14:55:00

Astronomers announced today that the first Pan-STARRS (Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System) telescope, PS1, is fully operational. This innovative facility will be at the front line of Earth defense by searching for "killer" asteroids and comets. It will map large portions of the sky nightly, making it an efficient sleuth for not just asteroids but also supernovae and other variable objects. "Pan-STARRS is an all-purpose machine," said Harvard astronomer Edo Berger. "Having...

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2008-12-11 10:50:00

A team of astronomers led by John Johnson of the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy has used a new technique to measure the precise size of a planet around a distant star. They used a camera so sensitive that it could detect the passage of a moth in front of a lit window from a distance of 1,000 miles. The camera, mounted on the UH 2.2-meter telescope on Mauna Kea, measures the small decrease in brightness that occurs when a planet passes in front of its star along the...

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2008-06-02 15:41:07

Astronomers have used ultrasharp images obtained with the Keck Telescope and Hubble Space Telescope to determine for the first time the masses of the coldest class of "failed stars," a.k.a. brown dwarfs. With masses as light as 3 percent the mass of the sun, these are the lowest mass free-floating objects ever weighed outside the solar system. The observations are a major step in testing the theoretical predictions of objects that cannot generate their own internal energy, both brown dwarfs...

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2005-01-08 10:52:38

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) -- The summit of a Maui volcano whose Hawaiian name means "House of the Sun" has been recommended as the site for one of the world's biggest and most advanced solar telescopes. The board of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy recommended Haleakala ahead of 70 other proposed sites around the world to be the home of the $161 million telescope that measure 4 meters in diameter. The recommendation goes to the National Science Foundation for further...


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Haleakalā National Park
2013-04-17 16:15:18

Haleakalā National Park is located in Hawaii in the United States, on the island of Maui. The park contains 33,265 acres of protected land, with 19,270 acres of designated wilderness. The area was initially added to Hawaii National Park in 1916, alongside the Kilauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes on the island of Hawaii. The creation of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 1961 helped established Haleakalā National Park and in 2000, the name of the park was altered to its Hawaiian spelling by the...

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