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Cutting Edge Technology and Ancient Mysteries

by Brea Aamoth on March 30th, 2017

‘Imiloa presents Dr. Luca Rizzi, Support Astronomer at W.M. Keck Observatory

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

Continuing the tradition of keeping Maunakea at the forefront of astronomical research, the W.M. Keck Observatory recently installed a new research instrument called the Keck Cosmic Web Imager. With unparalleled capabilities and extreme sensitivity, this instrument will allow scientists to look at the faintest and most diffuse structures of the Universe, and investigate the pillars of dark matter that caused the formation of the primordial galaxies and galaxy clusters. Learn more about this quest for astronomical knowledge at ‘Imiloa’s Maunakea Skies talk with Dr. Luca Rizzi, Support Astronomer at W.M. Keck Observatory on Friday, April 21 at 7:00 pm.

The Keck Cosmic Web Imager will be one of the best in the world for capturing images of cosmic objects in great detail. These unique capabilities will allow astronomers to view detailed images where each pixel can be viewed in all wavelengths of visible light. Dr. Rizzi will share the mesmerizing questions that this instrument will be able to answer, which will soon open a new wealth of knowledge in the astronomy community. He will also touch on the adventurous construction and challenging transportation of the instrument, starting its journey in Southern California, traveling across the ocean and then eventually its trip up to the summit of Maunakea on Hawai‘i Island.

Dr. Luca Rizzi, Support Astronomer at W.M. Keck Observatory

Dr. Rizzi received his PhD from Padua University, Italy— the same University where Galileo Galilei was a teacher in the late 1500’s. Inspired by this heritage, Dr. Rizzi pursued a career in observational astronomy, first as a Post-doctoral student at the University of Hawai‘i, then as a support astronomer at the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope. Eventually his passion for astronomical observatories led him to the W.M. Keck Observatory, the largest and most scientifically productive ground-based telescope in the world. Dr. Rizzi’s duties at Keck involve overseeing astronomical instrumentation and, in collaboration with others, overseeing the flow of data for observers. He was involved in producing some of the software for this unique new instrument and was in charge of its commissioning at the telescope.


W.M. Keck Observatory

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.

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