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Record Precision Achieved in Mass Map of Galaxy Cluster Discovered from Maunakea

An international team of astronomers, including Dr. Harald Ebeling of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Institute for Astronomy, has used the Hubble Space Telescope to map the mass within a galaxy cluster, originally discovered with Maunakea telescopes, more precisely than ever before.

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Tully Wins Viktor Ambartsumian International Prize

IfA astronomer Brent Tully is a co-winner of the 2014 Viktor Ambartsumian International Prize. Established in 2009 by the president of Armenia in commemoration of the great Armenian astrophysicist, it has been awarded every two years since 2010 to those who have made an important contribution in astronomy/astrophysics and related sciences.

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UH Receives Major Contract for Inouye Solar Telescope Instrument

The National Science Foundation and the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST)have announced the award of a major contract to the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy to build the Cryogenic Near Infrared Spectropolarimeter (CryoNIRSP) for the new solar telescope, which is now under construction on Haleakala.

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Silhouettes of Early Galaxies Reveal Few Seeds for New Stars

An international team of astronomers, including IfA astronomer Regina Jorgenson, has discovered that gas around young galaxies is almost barren, devoid of the seeds from which new stars are thought to form—molecules of hydrogen.

Without starlight to see them directly, the team observed the young galaxies’ outskirts in silhouette.

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Tully wins Wempe award

IfA astronomer R. Brent Tully has won the Wempe Award given by the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) "in recognition of his groundbreaking research about the structure of galaxies and the large-scale structure of the cosmos."

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Jason Chu photo on APOD

IfA graduate student Jason Chu, who took some of the photographs that rotate on the top of this page, had one of his photos of Mauna Kea telescopes featured on Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) on Monday, June 23. APOD is a NASA web page that features astronomy-related pictures and videos with captions that explain them. It is translated into numerous languages for people throughout the world.

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Tully Wins Major Cosmology Prize

IfA astronomer R. Brent Tully is one of four recipients of the 2014 Gruber Foundation Cosmology Prize for his role in understanding the structure and evolution of the nearby universe.

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HI STAR Alumni Excel at Intel Science Fair, TED Talks

Students who have participated in HI STAR (Hawai‘i Student/Teacher Astronomy Research), an IfA program that encouranges middle and high school students to excel in the sciences by teaching them how to do astronomical research, picked up a bundle of awards at the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles. Six of the 25 students from Hawai‘i who went to ISEF were students who had previously attended HI STAR, and nine of the 18 awards won by Hawai‘i students were won by HI STAR alumni. Several HI STAR alumni also gave impressive TEDx youth talks that can be accessed online.

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