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Neutron-star collision sheds light on heavy elements’ creation

  • ROBIN DIENEL / COURTESY CARNEGIE INSTITUTION FOR SCIENCE

    The first observation of a binary neutron star merger and resulting kilonova explosion is seen in this photo/rendering. University of Hawaii researchers played a major role in significant astronomical discoveries with the help of the Pan-STARRS1 observatory atop Haleakala.

  • COURTESY ROB RATKOWSKI

    The gravity wave phenomenon named GW170817 was traced by Pan-STARRS1 Observatory atop Haleakala at sunset.

A rare cosmic collision observed by astronomers around the world — including a team at the University of Hawaii at Manoa — has generated new insight into the formation of dense elements. Read more

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