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NAVIGATING the NIGHT SKY
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

NAVIGATING the NIGHT SKY

View the night sky through the lens of Hawaiian Voyaging Tradition! 
Navigating the Night Sky is an interactive program that features observations from the Visitor Information Station (VIS) on Maunakea coupled with a presentation by 'Imiloa staff on the Oceanic navigational star lines and Hawaiian Star Compass.

Tickets: $10 Non-Members / $8 for Individual, Family and Dual Members / $6 for Patron Members / FREE for Silver and Gold Members
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MAUNAKEA SKIES Astronomy Talk Series
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

MAUNAKEA SKIES Astronomy Talk Series

EXTREME JET EJECTIONS from the Black Hole V404 Cygni

Come learn about how these powerful outflows deposit significant amounts of energy and matter into the surrounding medium, affecting star formation, galaxy evolution, and even the distribution of matter into the universe.

Presented by Dr. Alexandra Tetarenko, EAO Fellow, East Asian Observatory

Tickets: $10 Non-Members / $8 for Individual, Family and Dual Members / $6 for Patron Members / FREE for Silver and Gold Members

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PŌWEHI - Hawaii and the Event Horizon Telescope
Apr
12
6:00 PM18:00

PŌWEHI - Hawaii and the Event Horizon Telescope

FREE ADMISSION & LIVE STREAMING at http://go.hawaii.edu/Ruj

PŌWEHI - Hawaii and the Event Horizon Telescope

Friday, April 12 at 6pm at Haleʻōlelo on the University of Hawaii, Hilo campus.

113 Nowelo St. Hilo, HI 96720

The Event Horizon Telescope is an international collaboration aiming to capture the first image of a black hole by creating a virtual Earth-sized telescope.

Join us to talk story about the groundbreaking results from the Event Horizon Telescope and the pioneering role Hawaii telescopes, the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope and the Submillimeter Array, played in this nearly-impossible experiment, and to explore the way in which Hawaiian language and culture are enriching astronomy with a bridge to a new, yet old, understanding of the cosmos.

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TALES of the MAYA SKIES with DIRECTOR JIN AN WONG  |  NOTICE: THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT!!
Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

TALES of the MAYA SKIES with DIRECTOR JIN AN WONG | NOTICE: THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT!!

NOTICE: THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT!!

Tales Of The Maya Skies and Talk Story with Director, Arne Jin An Wong.

Known to be one of the most advanced and complex civilizations in the World, the Maya are marveled for their remarkable and immense varied knowledge and skills, ranging from food and art to architecture, textiles and science.

Directed by Arne Jin An Wong, Tales of the Maya Skies is a thoughtful and creative production about the history and culture of the Maya people in the Yucatan that showcases the Maya’s contributions to science, mathematics, and astronomy. This dynamic program explores the evolution of Maya Astronomy from mythology—stories to unravel the mysteries of life—to astrology—using the stars to guide one’s life—to scientific observational Astronomy— understanding our universe based on facts not faith, all within the settings of ‘Imiloa’s planetarium and full-dome digital presentation.

An added special component of this presentation will include a talk story session with the show’s director, Arne Jin An Wong. He will address the impact of the Maya’s incredible achievements on our world today and what we learned from their successes and mistakes. Wong will also share how new technologies developed for the production of this show served to further archeological exploration. Behind the scenes stories will cover his extensive and fascinating experiences throughout the entire journey in directing this unique program, from countless research and intense interviews to awe-inspiring site visits.

In 2009, he directed and served as art director for Tales Of The Maya Skies which won awards in Germany at the 2010 Full Dome Summit Conference. Wong and his wife moved to South Kona, Island of Hawaii in 2016. He continues to work by teaching animation and giving his time to the local community, art centers and public schools, and is currently working on his own graphic novels.

Tickets: $10 Non-Members / $8 for Individual, Family and Dual Members / $6 for Patron Members / FREE for Silver and Gold Members

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MAUNAKEA SKIES Astronomy Talk Series
Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

MAUNAKEA SKIES Astronomy Talk Series

A Hua He Inoa

Propelling Hawaiian Language and Traditions to the Global Astronomical Stage

A Hua He Inoa - a collaborative effort lead by ʻImiloa - is shifting global paradigms, positioning Hawai‘i as the first place in the world to weave traditional indigenous practices into the process of officially naming astronomical discoveries.  As Hawaiʻi celebrates 35 years of revitalizing ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language), we acknowledge the capacity and relevance of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi -- and the worldview that it informs -- in modern contexts.

Tickets: $10 Non-Members / $8 for Individual, Family and Dual Members / $6 for Patron Members / FREE for Silver and Gold Members

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MAUNAKEA SKIES Astronomy Talk Series
Feb
15
7:00 PM19:00

MAUNAKEA SKIES Astronomy Talk Series

The Hawaiian Heavens: My Photographic Journey to Capture the Hawaiian Skies

Hawai`i's unique location on Earth offers the best view of the heavens from the ground. As a Hawai`i-based astronomer I will tell my personal story in capturing and photographing the incredibly beautiful night sky on and around the islands. Since many of my photos are intimately tied to the Mauna Kea Observatories, I will also delve into the technical side of running world-class telescopes, and how we continually push the boundaries on our knowledge of the Universe.

Dr. Chu is a graduate from the University of Hawai`i Institute for Astronomy where he received his doctoral degree studying luminous infrared galaxies both near and far.  Born and raised in Southern California, he attended the University of California at Berkeley where he earned his Bachelor's degree in both physics and astrophysics.  He is currently a Science Fellow at Gemini North Observatory based in Hilo, HI.

Tickets: $10 Non-Members / $8 for Individual, Family and Dual Members / $6 for Patron Members / FREE for Silver and Gold Members
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MAUNAKEA SKIES Astronomy Talk Series
Jan
18
7:00 PM19:00

MAUNAKEA SKIES Astronomy Talk Series

Happy New Year, New Horizons!

This talk will detail the January 1 flyby of the Kuiper Belt Object Ultima Thule (MU69) by the New Horizons spacecraft.

It will also cover the mission, the Pluto Flyby and discuss why the Kuiper Belt is important for our understanding of the Solar System.

Tickets: $10 Non-Members / $8 for Individual, Family and Dual Members / $6 for Patron Members / FREE for Silver and Gold Members
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MAUNAKEA SKIES Astronomy Talk Series
Dec
7
7:00 PM19:00

MAUNAKEA SKIES Astronomy Talk Series

Hawaii’s Greatest Export

Knowledge is Hawaii’s greatest export. In this talk, we’ll explore highlights of the science that has come from Hawaii over all scientific disciplines and we’ll discover that Hawaii has made major contributions to humankind’s understanding of almost all aspects of the world around us.  We’ll explore Hawaii’s contribution to numerous scientific fields including atmospheric science by examining work done by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Mauna Loa Observatory, earth sciences by highlighting volcanology and the contributions made by the Hawaii Volcano Observatory, and biology by looking at what have learned during the conservation efforts for the ‘Alala.  We’ll conclude with one astronomer’s selection of research highlights that have come out of observatories on Maunakea including black holes, planets around other stars, and what we might learn about these other worlds in the coming decades.

Hosted by Josh Walawender, Support Astronomer, W. M. Keck Observatory

Tickets: $10 ( $8 for Members)
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MAUNAKEA SKIES Astronomy Talk Series
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

MAUNAKEA SKIES Astronomy Talk Series

Living off the Martian Land: Solutions for Colonizing Mars

Space exploration and future planetary colonization is exciting to dream about. However, before humankind can venture to the Red Planet and beyond, we have many obstacles to overcome. One major problem is the expense of space travel. The Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES) is researching how to mitigate costs by creating novel construction materials using the rock and dust found on places like Mars, sparing costly expenses of transporting resources from Earth.

Tickets: $10 ( $8 for Members)
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Kavli Lecture Series
Nov
9
3:30 PM15:30

Kavli Lecture Series

The Cosmos in a Heartbeat, presented by Dr. Shane Larson

This Friday, November 9th, in our Cyber CANOE exhibit, we will be live streaming this fascinating series from 3:30-5:00pm. The first 30 participants will have access to smartphone VR headsets compatible with most devices. Come check it out in VR! This event is included in the price of admission.

A human lifetime is more than a hundred million times shorter than the current age of the Universe. Whether you are a professional astronomer, or a casual backyard stargazer, you have only a few decades to drink it all in—to wonder how it works and how you got here.

The cosmos is full of strange happenings that we sometimes are lucky enough to witness because we happened to be paying attention to the stories the Universe is telling us. These tales are carried on bursts of light, showers of subatomic particles, and the faint whisperings of gravity, and every day that passes, we’re getting better at deciphering them.

In our lifetimes, we will only ever have a glimpse of the cosmos. But that glimpse is enough to transform our perceptions in dramatic ways and to answer the oldest questions we have about what the Universe is doing all around us.

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Maunakea Skies Astronomy Talk Series: Dancing Galaxies
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Maunakea Skies Astronomy Talk Series: Dancing Galaxies

Dancing Galaxies: how to make new stars, feed massive black holes, and send out very fast electrons

When galaxies collide they take a couple of billion years to do so.  Our Milky Way and Andromeda will merge in the distant future. If you had a few billion years to spare and stare at the night sky you would observe a slow and gracious dance. Stars, gas, dust, and dark matter of the two galaxies affected at first mostly by the gravity of their own galaxies, will change their orbits and structures as they become more affected by the gravity of two, now merging galaxies.

The changing gravitational potential pulls and compresses some of the cold gas which then clump quicker into dense disks that precede the formation of new stars. The new stars then transform their surroundings with impressive outputs of light, energetic particles, metals, and even tiny dust grains.  While some gas will fuel star-formation, other gas will be forced to slow down its rotation, and swirl down into the central super-massive black hole. 

In this presentation we will look at how this scenario was put together based on multi-wavelength, multi-epoch, multi-facilities observations of gravitationally interacting galaxies. We will also discuss some of the remaining burning questions about merging galaxies that keep extragalactic-astronomers glued to their data. 

Presenter Bio - A. Petric immigrated from Romania to New York City at 14, graduated high-school at 16 with the misplaced hope that in college she will figure out how to extract energy from black-holes and also get a job at the United Nations to bring peace and equality for all.  While those goals were not very well informed or feasible, Petric got her PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia University in 2008 studying cosmological dust: how it’s made, how we can find it between galaxies, and how it was not confusing our estimates of dark energy.  After Columbia University, Petric went to the California Institute of Technology to study nearby, gravitationally interacting galaxies and identify which of them were harboring growing super-massive black holes at their cores.  In 2013 Petric moved to Hawaii first as a Gemini Science Fellow and then as the UH resident astronomer at CFHT.  Her current research focuses on how growing super-massive black holes affect the ability of their host galaxies to make new stars. She also has the privilege to teach undergraduate students at the University of Hawaii, Hilo and graduate students at University of Hawaii, Manoa. She also mentored several fantastic students in the last few years, several of whom have gone on to graduate school, and/or are now employed in Astronomy. In her spare time she volunteers for class-room visits, collaborates with local artists to come up with art-astronomy educational activities for kids and adults, works with the Big Island Giving Tree, tries hard not to be the last one in local swim races, and tries even harder to work with organizations that want to bring peace and equality for all. 

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