Hōkūlele Hula
Visualizing the Asteroid Skies
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Hōkūlele means "shooting star" in Hawaiian.

Like the Hula, a traditional Hawaiian dance narrating the interaction between the native Hawaiians and the Sea, our project aims at providing new ways to tell the story between asteroids (Hōkūlele) and the Earth.

JPL maintains a current list of the most hazardous asteroids at its Risk Page. Instead of the standard approach of visualizing the orbits of these asteroids using a program such as Celestia we wanted to try to visualize both the immediate threat from all Risk Page asteroids and to show a snapshot of the 100-year risk outlook.


Impact Globe

Rose Plot for 99942 Apophis

Our Team

Our team consists of volunteers from the Institute for Astronomy from different fields of expertise:
  • Serge Chastel, Pan-STARRS IPP-PSPS software engineer
  • Larry Denneau, ATLAS senior software engineer
  • Curt Dodds, information technology manager
  • Andrei Sherstyuk, ATLAS software engineer
  • Istvan Szapudi, astronomer
  • Melody Wolk, cosmology postdoctoral fellow
  • Po-Feng Wu, galaxy formation graduate student

The 2015 SpaceApps Challenge coincided with the University of Hawaii's 2015 Open House, so we were able to solicit the input of dozens of attendees who stopped by the 2015 SpaceApps Challenge room at the Open House.


Created by the Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii
Data from NASA Near Earth Objects Program and JPL.