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+ - HawaiiCon Kickstarter Launch->

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G3CK0 (708703) writes "HawaiiCon will be hosting the 10th Reunion of the fantastic cast of Stargate Atlantis as well as blazingly bright stars from Babylon 5, Farscape, Fringe, Xena, Game of Thrones, Star Trek and many others.

Because it is in Hawaii, HawaiiCon will be showcasing the mythology of the islands, not some oooga, booga BS, but real local ancient knowledge and indigenous sciences. Astronomers working on the cutting edge of the top observatories in the world will be on hand to reveal the newest discoveries of some of the oldest light in the universe! Mars mission folks are doing all kinds of research right here on the Big Island and will present panels on whats going on out in space and how were going to go there on the next big missions."

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+ - Most Distant Known Object in Universe->

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G3CK0 writes "Scientists at NASA's Swift satellite and Gemini Observatory on Mauna Kea have observed the most distant object in our universe. The object, a Gamma ray burst, has been measured at a redshift of z = 8.2. The light from this object has been traveling over 13 of the estimated 13.7 billion year age of the universe. An interesting note, this observation falls under what is know as a TOO (Target of Opportunity). Normal observations at Gemini are carried out via queue mode. When time sensitive events happen, a decision can be made to suspend the queue (and classical observing) in order to observe the TOO."
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+ - "First Family" captured by ground based te->

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G3CK0 writes "Astronomers using the Gemini North telescope and W.M. Keck Observatory on Hawaii's Mauna Kea have obtained the first-ever direct images identifying a multi-planet system around a normal star.

"We finally have an actual image of an entire system," said Bruce Macintosh, an astrophysicist from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and a member of the team of scientists who made the observations.

"This is a milestone in the search and characterization of planetary systems around stars."

The full press release may be found here."

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