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Asteroid Love in Hawaii

The asteroid discovery record of 19 objects in one night was set on January 29. The asteroid discovery record was accomplished using a powerful telescope on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

A new record has been set for the number of new asteroids discovered in one night: “A telescope high atop a volcano peak in Hawaii has set a new asteroid-hunting record: 19 space rocks discovered in one night, the most ever by a single telescope, astronomers say. The Pan-STARRS PS1 telescope, located at the summit of Maui’s Haleakala volcano, set the mark on January 29, discovering 19 near-Earth asteroids. ‘This record number of discoveries shows that PS1 is the world’s most powerful telescope for this kind of study,’ said Nick Kaiser of the University of Hawaii, head of the Pan-STARRS project.”


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