Comments on: Sky Survey for Survival and Science The magazine of the University of Hawai'i System Thu, 06 Sep 2012 21:11:28 +0000 hourly 1 By: Cheryl Ernst Tue, 28 Sep 2010 23:30:25 +0000 Pan-STARRS has discovered the first “potentially hazardous object,” an asteroid that will pass within 4 million miles of Earth in October and has a slight possibility of hitting Earth in 2098.

Read the news release.

By: Cheryl Ernst Fri, 18 Jun 2010 03:22:33 +0000 Pan-STARRS is in operation. See the news release.

By: sam blackman(60) Wed, 24 Jun 2009 17:58:03 +0000 Since it appears from your article that you may be attempting to associate data over time,my question is what types of tracking algorithms are you using?In particular,I was wondering if the multiple hypothesis tracking(MHT) methods that we have developed at Raytheon would be of use to you.Also,other techniques(generally denoted track-before-detect) are available and might be of use in detecting dim objects by effectively integrating signal intensity over time.These methods are discussed in our book,S.Blackman and R.Popoli,”Design and Analysis of Modern tracking Systems”,Artech House(1999)and,as an old former UH Physics/math student,I would be most happy to discuss them with you if they might be of use.

By: Mike Maberry Fri, 05 Jun 2009 21:12:40 +0000 I think there may be some confusion between Pan-STARRS and the proposed Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST). A Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed ATST was prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and State of Hawaii Chapter 343, Hawaii Revised Statutes and made available for public review and comment by the National Science Foundation in 2006. The former Haleakala National Park Superintendent stated that the park opposed the solar telescope because in her opinion the original DEIS was “inadequate”. Based on these comments and others, additional surveys, studies, and evaluation of potential environmental impacts were undertaken resulting in the issuance of a Supplemental DEIS for the proposed ATST project, which is now available for public comment in public libraries and online at . The current Haleakala National Park Superintendent is quoted in the Thursday June 4th edition of the Maui News as saying “The National Park Service has been working with the National Science Foundation to address potential negative impacts to the park visitors’ experience as well as the potential effect of heavy equipment on the sensitive Haleakala summit and mountainside and on endangered plants and animals.” and that “the park service will soon issue its current stance on the project.”.

Mike Maberry
Assistant Director
Institute for Astronomy

By: Baron Ching Thu, 04 Jun 2009 04:06:10 +0000 Aloha kakou,

Thought there was an ongoing issue with the EIS. Last I heard the National Park Service was on record as being opposed to construction. It seems that the UH is ignoring federal, native hawaiian, environmental concerns on both Mauna Kea and Haleakala and is in violation of existing environmental protection laws. Who is responsible at the UH for compliance? Or does anybody care? Will it take another lawsuit to get somebody there to pay attention?

Malama pono,

Baron Ching MD(1980)