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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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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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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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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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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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Earth-like planets found?


http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/earth-planets-found

Accessed on 18 July 2016, 19:20 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

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Thanks to a cooperative venture involving the Kepler Space Telescope, the Gemini and Keck Observatories atop Mauna Kea, the University of Hawaii, and researchers from seven countries, astronomers have added 104 new exoplanets to the scientific data base.

When new planets are detected crossing their host star or stars by the Kepler Space Telescope, the Gemini and Keck telescopes atop Mauna Kea “provide additional analysis of these objects or make confirmations.”

Of particular interest are four rocky, earth-like planets orbiting a star known as Kepler-78.  The four potentially earth-like worlds are between 20 and 50 percent larger than Earth.  These planets orbit the fairly dim Kepler-78 star in orbits “closer than Mercury orbits our sun.”

UH-Manoa astronomer Anthony Howard says “because the star is far less powerful than our own, two of the planets could be within the habitable range for that solar system…that means they could harbor life.”

Howard said the star being studied is about 400 light years from Earth.  Howard added that “finding exoplanets also helps researchers understand how solar systems form and why some have multiple planets so close to their star.”


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33 sickened in apparent mass drug overdose in New York City


More than two dozen people were sickened in an apparent mass drug overdose on a New York City street corner, sparking warnings from police and health officials about the dangers of using K2, also known as synthetic marijuana..

Source: 33 sickened in apparent mass drug overdose in New York City (http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com).

Accessed on 13 July 2016, 06:39 hrs, UTC.

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Such a waste of life.  Apparently, K2 or synthetic marijuana is becoming the drug of choice for some thrill seekers in the Big Apple.  Health officials and police are warning that the chemical substitute for marijuana can cause serious health problems, even death.  A cautionary tale for all of us.


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KHNL: Team of scientists collects 12 tons of ocean trash in Northwestern Hawaiian Islands


HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A team of scientists collected 12 tons of marine trash during a month-long research trip in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands that wrapped up last week.That’

Source: KHNL: Team of scientists collects 12 tons of ocean trash in Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (m.hawaiinewsnow.com/hawaiinewsnow/cb_330510/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=9vDkFW7c).

Accessed on 22 May 2016, 04:06 hrs, UTC.

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Scientists have been traveling to the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument for the past 10 years to study the marine ecosystem and to collect the  marine debris washed ashore on these uninhabited islands.  This past month scientists have collected 12 tons of marine trash during a trip to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.  According to KHNL/Hawaii News Now, the debris removal trip has produced “shocking images of mountains of trash on uninhabited Pacific shores, and a better understanding of how ocean currents concentrate trash in particular places.”

The documented instances of trash contamination on these distant shores should serve as a cautionary tale for all of us.  Sooner or later, we will be covered with our own garbage, and endangering the marine ecosystems we depend on for life itself.


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