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Günther Hasinger


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From the Director

There have been many exciting astronomy events here in Hawai‘i during March. On Hawai‘i Island from March 13 to 19, we celebrated Keck Week to mark the twentieth anniversary of the W. M. Keck Observatory and its many revolutionary discoveries, including evidence that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating, exoplanets galore, and the black hole at the center of the Milky Way. Several IfA faculty attended, and Michael Liu and I spoke at the science meeting that was part of the festivities.

In Mānoa, the Pan-STARRS 1 Science Consortium held its 2013 meeting March 18–22 that brought together 68 people from IfA, the U.S. mainland, Europe, and Taiwan to share scientific results and possible solutions to the problems that inevitably arise when you are doing cutting-edge science.

We also had the excitement generated by Comet PANSTARRS C/2011 L4 (the official name given to the comet by the Minor Planet Center). Unfortunately, the weather was not as cooperative as we had hoped, but we can look forward to Comet ISON’s visit to the inner solar system in November.

I am also happy to report that the IfA and the Department of Physics and Astronomy have proposed the creation of two new undergraduate degree programs that will prepare UH Mānoa students for careers in astronomy and related fields. The bachelor of science in astrophysics will be a rigorous program for students preparing for graduate work in astronomy, astrophysics, or physics so that they can pursue a research career. The bachelor of arts in astronomy will prepare students for work in planetariums, teaching, science writing, assisting research astronomers with their work, and other science and technical fields. We expect approval by the UH System in the coming months.

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Sheraton Waikiki Explorers of the Universe Lecture

Friday, May 3, Sheraton Waikiki Explorers of the Universe public lecture: Jill Tarter, SETI Institute, “Are We Alone: Current Efforts to Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence,” UH Mānoa Kennedy Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Information about free tickets.

 

 
Highlights

Distance to Neighbor Galaxy Measured More Accurately
Planets the Size of Earth Are Common
ATLAS Project Funded by NASA

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