Vast bubble of galaxies discovered, given Hawaiian name

The entity has been given the name Hoʻoleilana, a term drawn from the Kumulipo, a Hawaiian creation chant evoking the origin of structure.

‘It’s always a good time to look at the moon,’ especially tonight’s super blue moon

About a quarter of all full moons are considered to be supermoons. Only 3% of full moons are blue moons, which occur about two and three years apart. It’s considerably less frequent that the two coincide.

Tanabata festival returns to ‘Imiloa in Hilo for first time since 2019, drawing thousands

The festival at the Big Island astronomy center featured special planetarium shows, Japanese crafts and traditional games, bon dance lessons, taiko performances, entertainment, ʻono food and more.

UH astronomer proposes space ‘umbrella’ to help mitigate effects of climate change

Scientists around the globe are working on myriad ways to reduce the effects of climate change, including István Szapudi, an astronomer at the University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy, who has devised a novel idea to lessen the amount of sunlight hitting our planet.

Extraterrestrial expo: Perseid meteor shower to be at peak performance this weekend

The Perseid meteor shower decorates the night sky every summer. This year, the most activity happens overnight Aug. 12.

‘No shadow day’: Big Island gets one more chance to experience Lāhainā Noon this year

The astronomical event known as Lāhainā Noon happens when the sun passes directly overhead of locations in the tropics, which includes Hawai‘i, and causes upright and smooth-sided objects to be “shadowless.”

Unusual two-faced white dwarf star discovered with help from W. M. Keck Observatory on Big Island’s Maunakea

There’s a dead star out there in the universe that is double-dealing with its composition. Nothing nefarious, but it is a first for the cosmic family of stars to which it belongs.

Astronomers discover rare ‘fossil star’ in outer regions of Milky Way

In a groundbreaking study, a team of astronomers — with the help of the Subaru Telescope atop Maunakea on the Big Island — has discovered an ancient star bearing a unique chemical makeup unlike anything ever before observed in the Milky Way galaxy.

Big Island’s Maunakea is front-row seat to discovering what’s in the universe

Maunakea’s unique geography, geology and atmospheric conditions make the Big Island’s tallest volcanic mountain a premiere place in the world for astronomy research.

Hawai‘i observatories play crucial role adding color to new space mission

After twelve years of planning, the European Space Agency on July 1 launched its Euclid satellite from Cape Canaveral, Fla., with the goal of answering those and many other questions, and it will get a big — and colorful — helping hand from three observatories in Hawai‘i, including two on the Big Island.

More telescopes or less? Results mixed for Big Island Now’s most recent poll

The new Maunakea Stewardship and Oversight Authority board, during the next five years, is tasked with creating a new master plan for Maunakea on the Big Island and making sure that plan balances culture and environment with astronomy and economic benefits.

Hawaiʻi astronomers on Maunakea discover death-defying planet

Astronomers from the University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy have made the remarkable discovery of a planet’s survival after what should have been certain demise at the hands of its sun.

Astronomers on Maunakea capture starlight images from 2 massive galaxies hosting growing black holes

An international team of scientists, including staff astronomer Chien-Hsiu Lee at W. M. Keck Observatory on Maunakea, has captured first time images of starlight from two massive galaxies hosting actively growing black holes from less than a billion years after the Big Bang.

$4M NASA grant will help UH researchers develop new sensors for mission to find possibly inhabitable Earth-like exoplanets

For the past several years, with NASA support, astronomers at the UH Institute for Astronomy and industry partners have been maturing the new tech that will be used for a mission to identify and classify about 25 Earth-like exoplanets.

Seeing quadruple: Rare gravitational lensing warps light from explosion of distant dying star

With the help of an observatory atop Maunakea on the Big Island, a team of astronomers were able to capture a bizarre quadruple image of the supernova dubbed “SN Zwicky.”

Inouye Solar Telescope captures closeups of Sun, all the way from Big Island

The images feature a variety of sunspots and quiet regions of the Sun obtained by the Visible-Broadband Imager, one of the telescope’s first-generation instruments.

‘Death Star’ gobbles up planet, offering glimpse of Earth’s fate in 5 billion years

With the help of the W. M. Keck Observatory atop Maunakea on the Big Island, astronomers for the first time have observed direct evidence for a scenario they already knew happens throughout the universe — an aging star engulfing planets on inner orbits around it.

AI unraveling mysteries of first stars on Maunakea

Scientists used artificial intelligence to analyze the chemical abundances of old stars seen by a telescope on Maunakea and found indications that the very first stars in the universe were born in groups rather than as isolated single stars.

Hilton Lewis steps down as director of Keck Observatory on Maunakea

After a 37-year career, Hilton Lewis is stepping down from his position as the director of the W. M. Keck Observatory on Maunakea.

Proposed Taiwanese research facility on Big Island would listen for ‘whispers from the sky’

The planned facility by the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics that would listen for fast radio bursts recently got a boost, receiving a favorable recommendation from Hawai‘i County Windward Planning Commission for a special use permit.
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