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The standoff on Mauna Kea enters week five Monday as protesters continue to block the summit road to prevent construction of the Thirty-Meter Telescope. TMT supporters say if the telescope isn’t built, that could jeopardize employment opportunities for islands residents.

W. M. Keck Observatory

The telescopes on Mauna Kea are billion-dollar instruments that require daily maintenance to stay in good working order. As access restrictions continue for a third week, many are developing serious problems.

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Compromise may seem like a long shot for those on all sides of the Thirty-Meter Telescope debate. Media reports, polling data, and statewide demonstrations can simplify a complex topic that continues to divide island communities. But there are folks who have changed their minds over time. Here are their stories.

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Hawaii Island took an economic hit following last year’s natural disasters, and the recovery has been a slow one. Miles Yoshioka is the Executive Officer of the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce. In a recent op-ed he made the case for increasing the Big Island’s economic resilience by expanding the astronomy industry.

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Disaster Recovery and Spending; Diversifying Hawaii Island’s Economy; Governor Ige Mulls Bills for Signature

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Scientists are celebrating a milestone today. Astronomers have captured the first ever image of a black hole. The image was produced by a network of telescopes around the world, including two on Hawaiʻi’s own Mauna Kea.

Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory

The Thirty Meter Telescope may have been given the go-ahead by the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court. But there’s still a lot that needs to happen before construction can take place on Mauna Kea. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story

The Conversation: Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Jan 2, 2018
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Department of Health Audit; Sea Turtle Bycatch; Science of Interstellar; Artistic Exploration of Memory

The Conversation: Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Dec 13, 2017
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Waikiki Natatorium; Release of Intergalactic Map; The Captured Economy; Hawaii Non-Profits

Russell Knightley
Russell Knightley

Mauna Kea telescopes were once again instrumental in the observation of a never before seen space event.

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Wikipedia Commons

Astronomers with the University of Hawai‘i are a step closer to understanding the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres.

The planet is the largest body in our asteroid belt, and was originally thought to be covered in reflective salt.  Using a gamma ray and neutron detector, scientists found the surface is a porous mixture of rocky materials with ice in the cracks.

Chester Harman / NASA
Chester Harman / NASA

A team of astronomers known as the Kepler Habitable Zone Working Group has identified a handful of planets that are most likely to be similar to our home.  

Bytemarks Café: Exoplanets

Aug 8, 2016
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Wikipedia Commons

  Today on Bytemarks Cafe, we’ll delve deep into space and follow up on a topic that is near and dear to our hearts: exoplanets. New discoveries of planets orbiting other stars are frequent, so two experts from the Institute for Astronomy will help us understand why they matter.  

Outer Solar System Origins Survey (OSSOS)
Outer Solar System Origins Survey (OSSOS)

  An international team of astronomers has discovered a new dwarf planet orbiting in a disk of small icy worlds beyond Neptune.  The new object is a little more than 400 miles wide and has one of the largest orbits recorded for a dwarf planet.  The small icy planet was spotted with the large camera at the Canada-France-Hawai‘i Telescope on Mauna Kea  as part of the ongoing Outer Solar System Origins Survey (OSSOS).

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NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA.

Astronomers with the University of Hawai‘i are examining possible ice pockets on the dwarf planet Ceres which orbits Pluto.

The Conversation: Friday, May 6th, 2016

May 6, 2016
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The Cost of Building Renewable Electricity; Parade of Farms; New Recommendation for Treating Youth ADHD; A Discovery at the Edge of the Solar System

What a Difference a Rate Makes, UHERO blog: Michael Roberts

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We again have several morning planets to try and spot, plus we get more details on the exciting discovery of another potential planet in our solar system as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.  

There are several morning time planets to look for, plus we hear about an exciting new planned mission to another planet in our solar system as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips for this week’s Stargazer.        

We hear about a few planets to look for and a new star system discovered at the Mauna Kea summit as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips for this week’s Stargazer.         

    

Not only are there several planets to spot, we hear about the discovery of Methane in on the Red Planet as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips for this week’s Stargazer.

This week in addition to several planets to look for, we get an update on a NASA mission into the Asteroid Belt and some unusual planetary features they discovered there, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer.  

This week we have a trio of planets to spot just before dawn in our island skies, plus we hear about another discovery in space, and this one relates to cats, we learn, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer.    

This week for Stargazer, there are several key planets to try and spot, and a new space telescope project to learn about as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer.                    

Keck Observatory
Keck Observatory

Twenty five years ago- the Keck Observatory opened the dome above its telescope to look into the night sky. Since then- its twin domes on top of Mauna Kea have hosted generations of scientists and students.

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This week we have a variety of planets to look for in our island skies, and a development relating to space mining as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer.  

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This week on Stargazer, we have a new discovery from the Mauna Kea summit telescope community! It's a distant object at the far reaches of the solar system and we learn more as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer.  

This week we follow up on a mysterious discovery that involved a team of researchers at various facilities including on the Mauna Kea summit as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer. 

This week we learn about how a Maui facility played a vital role in detecting an astronomical feature that factored into our Halloween weekend as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer.  

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We’ve got a few things to try and spot in our dark island skies this week, plus we hear about another project relating to Mars being carried out on Hawai‘i Island as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer.  

In addition to finding out what we can look for in our dark island skies, we hear about an unusual discovery by a combination of researchers, including multiple observatories on the Mauna Kea summit, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer.    

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