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Astronomy’s Limitless Journey

by Brea Aamoth on June 28th, 2017

‘Imiloa presents Dr. Günther Hasinger, Director of the Institute for Astronomy

Date: Fri. July 21
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $10, $8 for members (member level discounts apply)

When observing the sky on a very clear, dark night, one can see the soft glow of the Milky Way and its thousands of stars with the naked eye. Over the centuries since Galileo first pointed a telescope at the galaxy in 1609, this awe-inspiring yet easily visible panorama constituted our cosmos, our entire celestial world. With each new scientific discovery, however, this cosmos has grown dramatically, expanding rapidly over the last several decades. As we look deeper into space, the earlier phases of the cosmos are unveiled to us, but we know that even with the largest telescopes, we see only a tiny fraction of the vast expanse of the universe. Learn more about this quest to understand our universe at ‘Imiloa’s next Maunakea Skies talk with Dr. Günther Hasinger, Director of the Institute for Astronomy and author of Astronomy’s Limitless Journey, on Friday, July 21 at 7:00 p.m.

In Astronomy’s Limitless Journey, Dr. Hasinger takes the reader on an exciting time travel journey to the far reaches of the universe, beginning with the incredibly hot fireball of the Big Bang roughly 13.8 billion years ago, and the suspected ending in distant eons with a cold, dark demise. In between is the period during which extensive structures, galaxies, stars and planets were formed.

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Astrophysics and cosmology are experiencing a “golden age” due to larger telescopes, faster computers and more sophisticated algorithms. These fundamental changes are taking place in our understanding of space and time and of the origin and future of our universe. Dr. Hasinger details this evolution and describes the methods utilized in modern astrophysics, while cautioning that the boundaries between knowledge and ignorance are constantly shifting. Every new discovery opens a further door to the unknown, and with every answered question, we discover more locked doors yet to be opened.

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Dr. Hasinger is a world leader in the field of X-ray astronomy and in the study of black holes. He received both his physics diploma and his PhD in Astronomy from Ludwig Maximillian University (LMU) of Munich, Germany. He served as the Director of the Astrophysical Institute Potsdam from 1994 to 2001. In 2001 he was appointed as the Director of the High-Energy-Group at Max Planck Society (MPE), one of the world’s premier research organizations. In 2008 he became the Director of the University of Hawai‘i Institute for Astronomy. University of Hawai‘i Press published Astronomy’s Limitless Journey in October 2015.

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Maunakea Skies 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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