The next total solar eclipse is December 4, but there’s no easy way to view it because totality will be over Antarctica! IfA Astronomer Shadia Habbal has partnered with local company Atlantis Cruises, to test their equipment on its vessel, the Majestic.
A team including University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy (IfA) astronomer David Tholen has discovered an asteroid with the shortest known orbital period around the Sun – only 113 days.
A new comet discovered this summer by University of Hawaiʻi’s Pan-STARRS1 telescope atop Hakeakalā may become bright enough for spectators to see as it moves closer to Earth.
Naming asteroids is serious business.
Every night, the University of Hawaiʻi Pan-STARRS telescopes on Hakeakalā scan the sky for Near-Earth Objects (NEOs), asteroids or comets that may come close to or even hit Earth in the future.
On May 26, Hawaiʻi enjoyed prime viewing of a total lunar eclipse—when the Earth comes between the Sun and the full Moon.