March 9, 2021

A Glimpse at the Infant Universe

Two Maunakea Observatories have been used to reveal the most distant – and therefore the youngest – known radio beacon in the early Universe. Seen as it was 780 million years after the big bang, the object – a quasar known as P172+18 – was originally discovered in images from the Pan-STARRS telescope on Haleakalā, Maui. Detailed study with the […]
September 29, 2020

The First Distance Measurement to a Magnetar in Our Galaxy

Astronomers using the Very Long Baseline Array (which includes an antenna on the slopes of Maunakea) have made the first measurement of the distance to a magnetar within our Milky Way Galaxy. Magnetars are a special type of neutron star, the superdense remains of massive stars that exploded as supernovae, with magnetic fields a trillion times stronger than those of […]
August 5, 2020

Astronomers Use Super-sharp Radio Vision to Find New Planets

Astronomers have discovered a Saturn-sized planet closely orbiting a small, cool star 35 light-years from Earth using the Very Long Baseline Array. This unique telescope consists of an array of several antennas separated by as much as 5,000 miles (one of which is located on the slopes of Maunakea), and can provide extremely high precision measurements of a star’s position […]