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Monday, November 6, 2000

Astrophysics meet
heralds ‘golden era’

Star-Bulletin staff

Calling this "the golden era of high-energy astrophysics," astronomers and physicists will discuss their latest discoveries at meetings here this week.

The American Astronomical Society's High Energy Astrophysics Division will hold its fifth meeting today through Friday at the Ilikai Hotel.

Findings will be described relating to active galaxies, massive clusters of galaxies and unexpected X-ray emission from very young stars.

"This will be the first presentation in the United States of results of the very new European X-ray satellite, XMM-Newton, and there will be a great amount of information from Chandra," said J. Patrick Henry, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy.

Henry, chairman of the local organizing committee for the astrophysics meeting, is among UH astronomers studying images from NASA's powerful Chandra X-ray Observatory.

The launch of Chandra and XMM-Newton heralded a new era of high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy and imaging, according to the High Energy Astrophysics Division.

Nine outstanding missions now are providing data and images for astronomers, and others are anticipated.

The scientists will discuss findings related to far-ultraviolet astronomy, X-ray and gamma-ray astronomy, cosmic rays and gamma-ray bursts, neutrinos, high-energy processes in cosmic objects, and gravitational wave astronomy.

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