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Friday, February 21, 2020
Venus Volcanoes
A University of Hawaii at Mānoa planetary scientistco-authored a study published this week in Science Advances that shows lava flows on Venus may be only a few years old, suggesting that Venus could be volcanically...
AMOS on Maunakea
Astronomers now have a new pair of eyes to detect meteors over Hawaii using a state-of-the-art monitoring system installed on the rooftops of existing buildings on Maunakea and Haleakalā
Public Talk: Physics of Pō
The American Astronomical Society is holding their 235th meeting at the Hawaii Convention Center from January 4-8, 2020. Among the public events is a public talk titled, "The Physics of Pō." The talk...
Extrasolar planets are being discovered by the hundreds, but are any of these newfound worlds really like Earth? A planetary system recently discovered by the Kepler spacecraft will help resolve this question. The system of three planets, each just larger than Earth, orbits a nearby star called EPIC 201367065. The three planets are 1.5-2 times the size of Earth, and the outermost planet orbits on the edge of the so-called “habitable zone,” where the temperature may be just right for liquid water, believed necessary to support life, on the planet’s surface. “We’ve learned in the past year that planets the size and temperature of Earth are common in our Milky Way galaxy,” explains University of Hawaii astronomer Andrew Howard. “We also discovered some Earth-size planets that appear to be made of the same materials as our Earth, mostly rock and iron.”