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Feb 23 17

The NEO Hazard: NASA and Planetary Defense

by Imiloa Astronomy Center

A Presentation by Rob Landis and Dr. Kelly Fast

Date: Sat. March 11
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $10, $8 for members

Near-Earth Objects or ‘NEOs’ are leftover bits of solar system jetsam and flotsam that have been nudged into orbit around the Earth, allowing them to come within our close vicinity. NASA recently established a new office to coordinate planetary defense-related activities to mitigate the hazard of potential impact by such asteroids. Learn more about possible asteroid impacts, and NASA protection efforts at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center’s upcoming astronomy talk with Rob Landis and Dr. Kelly Fast on Saturday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Photo: Time-lapse image of a retrograde Oort cloud comet NASA/JPL-Caltech

The creation of the Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO) is a logical extension of NASA’s NEO Observations programs, which began nearly two decades ago. Since that program’s inception in 1998, NASA-funded endeavors have discovered more than 98% of all new NEOs. Observatories on Hawai‘i Island and Maui are key to these discoveries and help us better understand the makeup of these celestial vagabonds in our neighborhood.

 

In their presentation, Fast and Landis will share current efforts to detect, track, and characterize comets and asteroids that come close to Earth. They will also discuss the steps that NASA plans to take to deflect a potential asteroid on an impact trajectory.

 

Landis is currently assigned to the NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and is an engineer within the Planetary Science Division, Science Mission Directorate. He’s had a varied career on several NASA space missions including the Hubble Space Telescope, the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer, the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn (and Titan), the Mars Exploration Rovers and the International Space Station. He received his B.S. in Astrophysics from Michigan State University and his M.S. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota.

 

Dr. Fast manages the Near-Earth Object Observations Program in NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office, where she is also the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) Program Scientist. Fast earned her Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Maryland. She studied the atmospheres of Mars, Jupiter and Titan as an astronomer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center before coming to NASA Headquarters in 2011.

 

 

General admission tickets are $10, $8 for members (member level discounts apply). Pre-purchase tickets at ‘Imiloa’s front desk or by phone at 808-932-8901.

Feb 14 17

Why is it Dark at Night? A Modern Look at Olber’s Paradox

by Brea Aamoth

A Presentation by Dr. Tom Geballe of Gemini Observatory

Date: Fri. March 3
Time: 7:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.
Cost: $10 ($8 for members)

The sky is dark at night —this is a fundamental observational fact of cosmology that can be observed by everyone. This is also fundamental to our existence, to our physiology and to our cultures. The obvious answer to the question “why is it dark at night?” is that the sun is shining on the other side of the Earth, and the light of the distant stars is much weaker than the sun. But how is this possible when there are so many stars that have been shining for so long? And how dark is the sky? Is it dark only to eyes like ours that are sensitive to visible light, or is it also dark to infrared, ultraviolet, x-ray and radio ‘eyes’?

Join us at ‘Imiloa on Friday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. as Dr. Tom Geballe of Gemini Observatory answers these questions, as well as delving into historical and scientific attempts to understand this simple yet important observation. Dr. Geballe will discuss Olber’s Paradox: a historical argument that states the darkness of the night sky conflicts with the assumption of an infinite and eternal “static universe”. Olber’s Paradox argues that if the universe is populated by an infinite amount of stars, and if the universe has existed for an infinite amount of time, then any sight line from Earth must end at the very bright surface of a star. This paradox states that the night sky should be bright in a static universe, contradicting the observed darkness of night.

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Dr. Geballe received his Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley and his PhD in Physics from Berkeley. After one postdoctoral year at Berkeley, two years as a Research Fellow at Leiden University in the Netherlands, and four years as a Carnegie Fellow in Pasadena, he moved to Hawaii to join the staff of the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT). In 1987 he became UKIRT’s Astronomer-in-charge, in 1990 its Associate Director, and in 1994 its Head of Operations. In 1998 he accepted a tenured astronomer position at Gemini Observatory, where he is currently employed.

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General admission tickets are $10, $8 for members (member level discounts apply). Pre-purchase tickets at ‘Imiloa’s front desk or by phone at 808-932-8901.

Feb 8 17

‘Imiloa’s FREE 11th Birthday Celebration: Sun. Feb. 26

by Brea Aamoth


‘Imiloa Astronomy Center invites the community to our 11th Birthday Celebration on Sunday, February 26, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

This fun-filled day will feature indoor and outdoor activities for the entire ‘ohana organized around the theme of ‘Earth, Sea and Sky.’ And thanks to KTA Super Stores, the center will be open free of charge!

Birthday offerings will include a limu (seaweed) pressing art activity, kalo pounding, a mock fish net throwing and patching activity, a plant sale, origami, a ‘tsunami wave tank’, ‘Alalā mask making with the ‘Alalā Project, DIY silly-putty making, a ‘Ballooniverse’ activity to teach keiki about the expansion of the Universe, and so much more! This free day includes complimentary access to ‘Imiloa’s exhibit hall, special shows in the ‘Imiloa planetarium, a scavenger hunt, space trivia and more. KTA Super Stores will staff a food tent with ‘ono food and beverage options available for purchase throughout the day.

“We’re thrilled to be celebrating our 11th year of exploration at ‘Imiloa and truly thank our community for their continuous support since we opened our doors in 2006,” said Ka‘iu Kimura, Executive Director of ‘Imiloa. “We are privileged to have this 11th Birthday Celebration sponsored by KTA Super Stores, which has played a cornerstone role in supporting ‘Imiloa’s educational and cultural outreach from the very beginning.”

“KTA Super Stores is pleased to partner with ‘Imiloa. We have supported ‘Imiloa from conception, through construction, and even today, through current operations,” said Toby Taniguchi, President of KTA Super Stores. “Barry (Toby’s father) was heavily involved with Maunakea through the Maunakea Management Board, and it’s fitting that we support this astronomy education center servicing our island community.”

As a special birthday gift to the community and for one day only, we will be offering $10 off all levels of membership, for both new and renewing members. This will be reserved for memberships purchased on-site on Sunday, February 26. Current members are welcome to take advantage of this discount and renew early.

To help us celebrate, and for a chance to win great prizes; don’t forget to post pictures using the hashtag #ImiloaTurns11 on the day of our event! For questions or more information, call 808-932-8901.

Feb 2 17

Maunakea Speaker Series: Birds of Paradise Lost: Evolution, Extinction and Conservation of Hawai’i’s Birds

by Imiloa Astronomy Center

A Presentation by Dr. Rob Fleischer, Senior Scientist with Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, National Zoological Park

Please join us as the Maunakea Speaker Series kicks off its first community presentation Thursday, February 9 starting at 7 pm. This free Speaker Series will be held in the UH Hilo Sciences and Technology Building (STB) room 108. On-campus parking is open and available without charge.

Dr. Rob Fleischer will discuss Hawaii’s native birds, and how he and his colleagues use DNA methods to study the evolutionary relationships, population genetics, diets, and the impacts and mitigation of introduced disease.

Hawaiian Honeycreepers

Hawaiian Honeycreepers

The extinct moa-nalo

The extinct moa-nalo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Fleischer’s research with the Smithsonian Institution involves application of DNA and genetic analyses to studies in conservation, evolution and animal behavior.  His research often focuses on the use of DNA and genetics to document changes in genetic variation (especially with recently extinct Hawaiian avifauna) and to study the evolutionary interactions between hosts, vectors and infectious disease organisms (such as introduced avian malaria in native Hawaiian birds).

Maunakea Speaker Series is presented in partnership with:

 

 

Jan 31 17

‘Imiloa’s Maunakea Skies Talk: Exploring Mars with 150,000 Earthlings

by Brea Aamoth

Date: Fri. Feb. 17
Time: 7pm
Cost: $10, $8 for members (member level discounts apply)

‘Imiloa presents Dr. Meg Schwamb, Assistant Scientist at Gemini Observatory

Photo Courtesy of Dr. Schwamb

The Red Planet of Mars is a dynamic world. Its icy south pole is sculpted by the never-ending cycle of freezing and thawing carbon dioxide ice, causing materials to travel through hundreds of thousands of dark fans. When observed from orbit, these fans appear as long dark streaks that are thought to be jets of material erupting from the Martian surface. By studying these unique features we can better understand Mars’ climate and how it differs from Earth, opening up a whole new wealth of knowledge. Learn more about Mars exploration at ‘Imiloa’s Maunakea Skies talk on Friday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m. with Dr. Meg Schwamb, Assistant Scientist at Gemini Observatory.

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Dr. Schwamb will introduce the Planet Four project, a project in which researchers have collaborated with over 150,000 “citizen scientist” volunteers worldwide. Connected through the power of the internet, volunteers map these fans and other surface features formed by carbon dioxide jets helping planetary scientist characterize surfaces on Mars. Dr. Schwamb will discuss the discoveries made by these citizen scientists and explain how people can get involved in exploring Mars from the comfort of their own home.

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Dr. Schwamb received her doctorate in Planetary Science from the California Institute of Technology in 2011. Prior to her work with Gemini, she was a National Science Foundation fellow at Yale University, and previously was an Academia Sinica Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan. She has collaborated with hundreds of people to search for new planets outside of our Solar System, and study the climate of Mars. She is a member of the science team for the Zooniverse’s Planet Four projects using human pattern recognition to map wind-blown seasonal fans appearing on Mars’ South Pole.

Photo Courtesy of Dr. Schwamb

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Hosted by Planetarium Technician Emily Peavy,‘Imiloa’s monthly Maunakea Skies program includes observational highlights of the current night sky over Hawai‘i, with the audience able to view prominent constellations and stars visible during this time of year. Maunakea Skies planetarium presentations are held on the third Friday of each month. General admission tickets are $10, $8 for members (member level discounts apply). Pre-purchase tickets at ‘Imiloa’s front desk or by phone at 808-932-8901.

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Member Level Discounts: $8 for UHH/HawCC Student, Kupuna, Individual, Dual, and Family Members; $6 for Patron Members; Free for Silver, Gold, and Corporate Members.

Jan 27 17

Working with Perspective: Existence Through the Eyes of Cosmology

by Emily Peavy

Reflection of Maunakea Skies with Dr. Doug Simons, Director of Canada France Hawaii Telescope (CFHT)” 

‘Imiloa invited Dr. Doug Simons, Director of the Canada France Hawaii Telescope, to the planetarium where he presented on modern cosmological concepts and how we can fold these ideas into our perspective on existence itself in Maunakea Skies: Cracking the Code of Existence, Universal Questions & Answers from Maunakea

Working with Perspective
In today’s world science, religion and culture are often portrayed to be conflicting ideals constantly at odds with each other. However, Dr. Simons explained when one steps away from this thought the concepts of religion, culture, philosophy and science can merge into common desires of self exploration, helping us to better understand the Universe around us.

Although we strive to collectively work together, Dr. Simons explains that conflict still occurs; in particular around what we consider to be sacred. “In these escalated situations people will become entrenched in their own perspectives,” Simons said. “Instead of working together and communicating we are left in a cacophony of shouting not listening to each other.”

We must really do better than this.” Dr. Simons emphasizes, “Science, religion, culture, environment all must move forward and all need balance in this world. We cannot afford to freeze tension into our community as we look towards the future.” All of these ideas look for truth in the universe around us; in science Astronomers explore the nature of the universe itself through Cosmology.

The Beginning of Our Understanding
Cosmology can be described as humankind’s lasting vision and question. Its core questions are universal: ‘Why and how do we exist?’ ‘Where did the Universe come from?’ ‘How can something come from nothing?’ Cultures from around the world have been asking these questions since the beginning of time. In Hawaiian culture, the Kumulipo teaches us that everything in the Universe comes from ; from infinite, chaotic darkness.

Today’s cosmological Universe is incredibly complex; but as always it is useful to start at the beginning. We know that the early Universe was very bright, very hot and expanding very fast. After about 300,000 years, gasses cooled enough to form atoms. We are able to study this period of the Universe using the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation (CMBR). The CMBR can be described as the leftover redshifted light of the early Universe (which can only be observed in microwave wavelengths). After matter collected into atoms the ‘Dark Age’ of the Universe began and the first stars, and eventually galaxies, were able to form.

Bringing Balance to the Universe
As we consider matter we should also consider a very famous equation: E=mc2. This very basic equation states that equivalent energy (E) can be calculated as the mass (m) multiplied by the speed of light (c) squared; teaching us that matter is a highly concentrated and localized form of energy. Understanding the origin of the Universe requires an understanding of energy. The Universe stores energy as matter as it continues to expand. If all matter is energy, then the total energy of the Universe should be incredibly unbalanced, and yet it is not. This begs the questions, is nothing actually something? And is something actually nothing?

Slide courtesy of Dr. Simons, Quote by: Richard Feynman

Additionally, current observations of the universe indicate that the Universe is flat, as opposed to having a negative curvature (like a saddle) or a positive curvature (like a sphere). This expresses a unique balance to the Universe.  

Existence: A Cosmological Question
The basic properties of the Universe, from the mass of a proton to the force of gravity, became established at the Big Bang and remain unchangeable. From the very first moment, our Universe has remained balanced in terms of curvature and energy content, but the probability of such a Universe existing is staggering. Yet, against these extraordinary odds, the Universe exists. As we tackle these cosmological questions we delve into the meaning of our own existence

Join us for ‘Imiloa’s next Maunakea Skies talk with Dr. Meg Schwamb of Gemini Observatory who will discuss “Exploring Mars with 150,000 Earthlings” on Friday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m. Hosted by Planetarium Technician Emily Peavy, ‘Imiloa’s monthly Maunakea Skies program includes observational highlights of the current night sky over Hawai‘i, with the audience able to view prominent constellations and stars visible during this time of year. Tickets can be pre-purchased at ‘Imiloa’s front desk, or over the phone by calling 808-932-8901. General admission tickets are $10, $8 for members (member level discounts apply).

Jan 12 17

FREE ‘Imiloa Memberships for all UHH and HawCC Students!

by Brea Aamoth

‘Imiloa is pleased to be offering FREE memberships to all registered UHH and HawCC students! Fly through the Universe in our full-dome surround sound planetarium, learn the epic creation story of the Hawaiian Islands in our popular ‘Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky’ show, stroll through our award-winning Native Gardens and adventure through the state-of-the-art interactive Exhibit Hall! Your free Student Membership allows you unlimited access to all daily planetarium shows, full access to the exhibit hall, discounts on Friday evening programming, like the Led Zeppelin Rock Show, and discounts in Sky Garden Restaurant and the ‘Imiloa Gift Shop. Take advantage of this wonderful free opportunity by bringing your student ID card to ‘Imiloa’s front desk to register for your FREE student membership!

For questions about Student Memberships, please email membership@imiloahawaii.org, or call 808-932-8901. Student Memberships are valid for one year.

‘Imiloa wishes all enrolled UHH and HawCC students a successful, safe and fun semester!

Jan 6 17

Cracking the Code of Existence: Universal Questions and Answers from Maunakea

by Brea Aamoth

‘Imiloa presents Dr. Doug Simons of Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT)
Date: Fri. Jan. 20
Time: 7pm
Cost: $10, $8 for members (member level discounts apply)

Real progress is being made in the remarkable yet notoriously difficult task of cracking the code of existence itself through advanced mathematics, physics and astronomy. New knowledge streaming from Maunakea’s summit is an essential part of this epic quest. Learn more about Cracking the Code of Existence: Universal Questions and Answers from Maunakea at ‘Imiloa’s Maunakea Skies talk on Friday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m. with Dr. Doug Simons, Executive Director of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT).

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Dr. Simons will delve into “precision cosmology,” a term he describes would have earned a chuckle from fellow astronomers when used not long ago. Cosmology studies the structure, evolution and origin of the entire Universe, and requires observations of objects near the edge of the visible Universe—making it increasingly difficult to make real progress. For centuries cosmology measurements have been notoriously incorrect, but times have changed. Measurements made over the past decade, including those using instruments on Maunakea, give real merit to the term “precision cosmology.”

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Combined with advances in high-energy physics which can replicate conditions of the Big Bang, 21st century cosmology is now yielding insights into some of the most perplexing questions we know how to ask, including “where did the Universe come from?” or, “how can you make something out of nothing?” As we search for the answers to these questions, we are lead to utterly astonishing insights, as we are forced to come to grips with the phenomenally improbable nature of our Universe.

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Interwoven with the marvels of precision cosmology, Dr. Simons will also share perspectives about the conflict over Maunakea and the challenges between science and culture. This misperception is easily challenged by probing far deeper than terms like ‘sacred’ or ‘science’ allow. These polarizing comfort zones melt away when confronted by fundamental truths spawned not by people, but nature.

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Hosted by Planetarium Technician Emily Peavy,‘Imiloa’s monthly Maunakea Skies program includes observational highlights of the current night sky over Hawai‘i, with the audience able to view prominent constellations and stars visible during this time of year. Maunakea Skies planetarium presentations are held on the third Friday of each month. General admission tickets are $10, $8 for members (member level discounts apply). Pre-purchase tickets at ‘Imiloa’s front desk or by phone at 808-932-8901.

Member Level Discounts: $8 for UHH/HawCC Student, Kupuna, Individual, Dual, and Family Members; $6 for Patron Members; Free for Silver, Gold, and Corporate Members.

 

Dec 23 16

Solving Jupiter’s Mysteries with Juno and NASA Infrared Telescope Facility

by Emily Peavy

Maunakea Skies Reflection with Dr. John Rayner, Director of NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF)

‘Imiloa invited Dr. John Rayner, Director of the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (NASA IRTF) for his planetarium presentation titled Maunakea Skies: Jupiter, Juno and the IRTF. Dr. Rayner shared how his facility is working closely with NASA’s Juno mission to better understand the largest member of our Solar System.

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Dynamic Duo
NASA’s Juno spacecraft entered a 53-day orbit around Jupiter on July 4, 2016. Launched in 2011, Juno’s mission is to study the makeup of Jupiter’s immense atmosphere and gain a better understanding of how Jupiter was formed. While Juno is getting up close and personal with Jupiter, the NASA IRTF (located on Maunakea) is assisting the mission by carefully observing Jupiter in infrared wavelengths, in doing so NASA IRTF provides context to Juno’s data.

These 8 images were taken with IRTF to assist with the Juno mission. Each image is taken using a different wavelength and thus unlocks different information about Jupiter. 1.58 micron light sees the reflectivity of deep clouds. 1.64, 1.65, and 2.12 microns are sensitive to particles reflecting sunlight. 2.16 microns detect particles in Jupiter’s upper troposphere and lower stratosphere. 2.26 microns is sensitive to the materials near the poles.  3.8 microns detects clouds near 2-3 bars within Jupiter’s atmosphere. While 5.10 detects thermal emission as deeps as 5 bars into Jupiter’s atmosphere. View more of these images taken by NASA IRTF here:  http://junoirtf.space.swri.edu/browse

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Previous Team Ups and Unanswered Questions
This is not the first time that NASA IRTF gave ground-based context to a spacecraft mission traveling to Jupiter. In 1995, the Galileo mission began its orbit around Jupiter where it studied the moons and clouds of the giant planet. In 2003 Galileo ended his mission by plummeting through the atmosphere of Jupiter to study the makeup and layers of Jupiter’s immense clouds. On December 7, 1995 NASA IRTF carefully observed Jupiter as Galileo began his orbit, the infrared maps created by NASA IRTF accompanied the data collected by this mission. While Galileo provided us with new insight into Jupiter’s clouds, it raised more questions than it answered: What is the source of Jupiter’s immense magnetic field? Does Jupiter have a solid rock/ice core? Could Jupiter have migrated from further out in the solar system triggering the Late Heavy Bombardment? The answers to these questions could greatly affect our current models of planetary formation

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Juno and Her Experiments
As Juno orbits Jupiter, she will attempt to answer these questions by performing various experiments.  Gravity measurements strive to determine if Jupiter has a rock/ice core. The Microwave Radiometer on the craft will probe the atmosphere and measure water levels in the atmosphere. JEDI, JADE, and Waves will study the magnetic field of Jupiter and determine its connection to the atmosphere. While the UVS and JIRAM will detect chemical “fingerprints” of gases present in the clouds. And the basic JunoCam will take fantastic close up images of the large planet.

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Members of the public can even help determine what JunoCam will image next by visiting its website.
https://www.missionjuno.swri.edu/junocam
Juno Instruments: https://www.nasa.gov/images/content/567922main_junospacecraft0711.jpg

Infrared Map of Jupiter (Credit: NASA IRTF)

This science is additionally supported by observations by NASA IRTF, whose insights provide greater context to the flow of data that will come in from Juno. A goal of this team mission to provide a more detailed global map of Jupiter. Unfortunately when Juno entered its initial orbit there were complications which caused the spacecraft to be stuck in a longer (53 day) orbit, instead of the shorter orbits that were originally planned for the mission. While the spacecraft is able to conduct experiments in this 53-day orbit, it does take longer than if it was in its intended orbit. However NASA scientists are working on a solution to fix the long orbit problem.

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More instrument overview: http://spaceflight101.com/juno/instrument-overview/

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Join us for ‘Imiloa’s next Maunakea Skies talk with Dr. Doug Simons from Canada France Hawaii Telescope who will discuss Cracking the Code of Existence on Friday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m. Hosted by Planetarium Technician Emily Peavy, ‘Imiloa’s monthly Maunakea Skies program includes observational highlights of the current night sky over Hawai‘i, with the audience able to view prominent constellations and stars visible during this time of year. Tickets can be pre-purchased at ‘Imiloa’s front desk, or over the phone by calling 808-932-8901. General admission tickets are $10, $8 for members (member level discounts apply).

Dec 14 16

Categorizing Light and Seeing What’s in Between Stars

by Emily Peavy

Maunakea Skies Reflection with Dr. Mark Rawlings of East Asian Observatory

‘Imiloa welcomed Dr. Mark Rawlings from East Asian Observatory / James Clerk Maxwell Telescope in November where he gave a presentation titled Long Wavelength Eyes on the Cosmos. He discussed how astronomers utilize different types of telescopes and different wavelengths of light to study unique objects in the Universe..

Categorizing Light
Light, scientifically known as Electromagnetic Radiation, comes in many different forms. To understand and differentiate types of light, scientists have created the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EM Spectrum), which organizes light based off of energy and wavelength.

Humans are only able see a small portion of the EM Spectrum with the naked eye. Telescopes such as the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope and UKIRT Telescope allow humans to discover and see deeper portions of the Em Spectrum.

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Seeing what is between Stars
Spectroscopy is a process which allows scientists to see the “fingerprints” of what is causing light, and which types of materials may be interfering with light from an object. Dr. Rawlings utlizies this science as he studies the Interstellar Medium, the materials that exist between stars in the Milky Way. While the space between stars is mostly empty, there are small particles of dust (hydrocarbons, silicates) and gas. The largest of these dust grains are about the size of the particles that make up cigarette smoke. This is the material that over time is able to collect and form nebulae, stars and planets. The dust grains of the Interstellar Medium can absorb visible light and heat up, causing them to emit light in the infrared portion of the EM Spectrum.

Mysteries of the Interstellar Mediums are often exclusively studied using spectroscopy. One such mystery is the appearance of Diffuse Interstellar Bands (DIBs) in spectra of distant objects. DIBs are features of spectra caused by material in between stars, however the type of material that causes these features has remained a mystery for over 60 years. It is thought that these bands might be caused by hydrocarbons, such as those found in smoke (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons) or even fullerene, which is commonly known as buckyballs.”

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The continuing study of this unique material between stars will help astronomers, such as Dr. Rawlings, provide new perspective on our little corner of the cosmos.

Pictures of the Whirlpool Galaxy; The left image is looking at Infrared light (taken with UKIRT) while the right compares visible light (in green, taken with Hubble) and Submillimeter light (red/blue taken with the JCMT)

Pictures of the Whirlpool Galaxy; The left image is looking at infrared light (taken with UKIRT. Image Credit: M51 WFCAM: UKIRT, ATC & CASU) while the right compares visible light (in green, taken with Hubble) and Submillimeter light (red/blue taken with the JCMT) Image Credit: Joint Astronomy Centre, University of British Columbia and NASA/HST/STScI

 

 

Pictures of the Orion Nebula using different wavelengths. Pictured left is a submilimeter light image taken with the JCMT (Image Credit: SCUBA-2 Orion: Gould Belt Survey & Carl Salji) and on the right is an infrared image taken with UKIRT (Image Credit: Credit: Joint Astronomy Centre; image processing by C. Davis, W. Varricatt.)