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Space photos of the week: 130 million light years away, two neutron stars collide


Hawaii News Digest, 21 October 2017, 1555 UTC, Post #15812.

Source:

https://www.wired.com/story/space-photos-of-the-week-130-million-light-years-away-two-neutron-stars-collide

Reporter:  Shannon Stirone (“Wired”).

Accessed on 21 October 2017, 1555 UTC.

Please click link to see the photograph and to read the full article.

Comment:

Many of the heavier elements in our universe, such as iron and gold, were created in massive stellar collisions such as this event captured in this photograph.  For the first time in human history, “researchers have detected gravity waves produced by the violent impact of two dense neutron stars some 130 million light years away.”  Gravity waves produced by this massive collision have been detected on Earth by the LIGO observatory.  Photos and other electromagnetic data have been collected by several powerful telescopes, including the Subaru and W. M. Keck Observatories on the summit of Mauna Kea.

The late astronomer Carl Sagan once said “we are made from star stuff.” Perhaps colliding galaxies such as NGC 2623 are our true ancestors.

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Observatory signs new agreement with NASA


Hawaii News Digest, 09 September 2017, 1820 hrs, UTC. Post #15565.

Source:

http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/observatory-signs-new-agreement-nasa

Accessed on 09 September 2017, 1820 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

NASA says it will continue is productive relationship with the W.M. Keck Observatory atop Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island.  The new five-year agreement takes effect on 01 March 2018 and will enable the Keck facility to support “next-generation” space-based missions, including the advanced James Webb Space Telescope set to launch in 2018.

Paul Hertz, NASA’s astrophysics division director, says the Keck facility has important work ahead:

“NASA’s continuing partnership with Keck will ensure that astronomers and planetary scientists can carry out important ground-based observations necessary for the success of NASA missions and their scientific objectives.”

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Millions converge across U.S. to see sun go dark


Hawaii News Digest, 21 August 2017, 14:10 hrs, UTC, Post #15454.

Source:

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/nation/millions-converge-acrosss-us-see-sun-go-dark

Accessed on 21 August 2017, 14:10 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

The first full solar eclipse to sweep coast to coast in 99 years has attracted millions of Americans to a narrow, 60-70 mile wide corridor from Oregon to South Carolina to view the stunning display. Hawaii residents will see only a partial eclipse, beginning at 6:35 a.m. today:

“Hawaii will see a partial eclipse at 6:35 a.m. today, however, warnings to not look directly at the sun still apply.”

“UH-Hilo instructor John Hamilton and lecturer Marc Roberts plan on live broadcasting the full eclipse from Idaho.”

“That can be seen via UH-Hilo’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/_UNu29TXIxg or at UH-Hilo’s Science and Technology Building starting at 6 a.m. Monday. It also will be broadcast on Maunakea Observatories Astronomy Outreach Committee website, www.mkaoc.org.”

Never look at the sun without eye protection.

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The One Earth Message


Hawaii News Digest, 20 August 2017, 15:10 hrs, UTC, Post #15446.

Source:

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/messages-earth-designer-voyager-1-2-golden-records-announces-project-launch

Accessed on 20 August 2017,15:10 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Cameron Miculka.

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Comment:

The man who designed the “golden records” for the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space craft more than 40 years ago remains busy at his home in Honaunau and is supporting a new project to project our presence into deep space. Jon Lomberg has begun a kickstarter campaign called the “One Earth Message” which will launch digital messages from Earth to the distant stars.

According to reporter Cameron Miculka, the process is fairly simple:

“Lomberg’s plan for the One Earth Message is that after a year-long download of data from New Horizons’ upcoming rendezvous, it’ll be possible to upload the message to the spacecraft’s onboard computer in 2020.”

“But what’s included in that message could be up to you.”

“The final contents will be a consensus decision on what best represents Earth,” states an announcement about the project. “The selected content will be part of a carefully organized message suitable for upload into space.”

“The Kickstarter campaign will run over 40 days and will fund the construction of a website where people can submit photos or other files on a variety of topics. The submissions will then be reviewed and ranked by participants.”

“Those interested can go to his Kickstarter page at http://kck.st/2xfflSv. Additional information about the project is available at www.OneEarthMessage.org.”

“The project doesn’t have any funding by NASA and isn’t officially sanctioned by the agency. Lomberg said though he believes the agency “will seize this opportunity to follow the lead of all four previous spacecraft that have left the solar system and include a message from humanity.”

“That democratization of the project marks a significant change from 1977, when content was just up to a few people.”

“Now with crowd-sourcing and the internet, it could be open to everybody,” Lomberg said.

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KHNL: WHO urges countries to raise taxes on sugary drinks


By JAMEY KEATENAssociated Press GENEVA (AP) – The U.N. health agency on Tuesday recommended that countries use tax policy to increase the price of sugary drinks like sodas, sp

Source: KHNL: WHO urges countries to raise taxes on sugary drinks (m.hawaiinewsnow.com/hawaiinewsnow/db_331260/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=fI2pZ1h).

Accessed on 11 October 2016, 15:10 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Jamey Keaten (Associated Press).

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Comment:

The announcement was timed for World Obesity Day. The World Health Organization says obesity in the world more than doubled between 1980-2014, when 40 percent of people globally were overweight.

WHO says tax regulating power could cut the consumption of sugary drinks, sports drinks, and even 100 percent fruit juices, which have been implicated in diabetes, obesity, toot decay, and even cancer.  WHO believes lower consumption of sugar could lead to  reduced health costs and save lives.


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UH-Hilo science and technology program receives $1M in funding | Hawaii 24/7


The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released $1 million from the Centers for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program to fund the fourth year of a climate change research…

Source: UH-Hilo science and technology program receives $1M in funding | Hawaii 24/7 (http://www.hawaii247.com/2016/10/03/uh-hilo-science-and-technology-program-receives-1m-in-funding).

Accessed on 04 October 2016, 16:00 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

University of Hawaii at Hilo researchers and graduate students will be kept busy this coming year, thanks to a one-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  The money will be used to support “the fourth year of a climate change research project undertaken by the University of Hawaii at Hilo…”  The project involves three research teams led by Patrick Hart, a professor in the Department of Biology.


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Subaru astronomer spots fireball over Mauna Kea, Hawaii Tribune-Herald, September 30, 2016 – Google Search


Source: Subaru astronomer spots fireball over Mauna Kea, Hawaii Tribune-Herald, September 30, 2016 – Google Search (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/subaru-astronomer-spots-fireball-over-mauna-kea-hawaii-tribune-herald-september-30-2016-google-search).

Accessed on 30 September 2016, 15:00 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Ivy Ashe.

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Comment:

This must have been quite a sight.  A routine equipment check by Subaru astronomer Ichi Tanaka on 20 September 2016 turned into something rare and beautiful. As he was checking out sky conditions atop Mauna Kea, “a meteor hit the atmosphere and burned its way across the sky.” Tanaka said the flash of light “was so striking” that it “could have been a fireball:  a meteor that appears as bright as the planet Venus.”

Fortunately, the fireball was captured zipping across the sky by the University of Hawaii telescope’s “All-Sky Camera”.  Subaru spokeswoman Saeko Hayashi said the image looked like a “heavenly Cheshire cat.”


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