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Global Warming and a Voyage to Other Planets: Join us at April’s Maunakea Skies with Dr. Nobuo Arimoto

by Brea Aamoth on April 6th, 2016

Date: Friday, April 15
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
General Admission Tickets: $10
Member Tickets: $8

‘Imiloa Presents Dr. Nobuo Arimoto, Director of Subaru Telescope

Earth’s average temperature has risen by 1.4 degrees over the past century, and it is projected to rise another 2 to 11.5 degrees over the next 100 years. If global warming continues at this rate, and if the Earth becomes uninhabitable, what shall we do? If we were to relocate, what planet would be most habitable for us: Mars, Venus or a planet outside our solar system? Discover answers to these questions as Dr. Nobuo Arimoto, Director of Subaru Telescope/National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, describes the potential consequences of global warming in April’s Maunakea Skies at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center on Friday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Arimoto will lead a planetarium tour of the solar system and beyond, highlighting discoveries made by Subaru Telescope. He will also discuss exoplanets, or extrasolar planets, which are planets outside of our solar system that orbit a star other than the sun. Since the first discovery of exoplanets in 1988, over 2,000 have been identified. Using Subaru Telescope’s large 8.2 meter (27 feet) diameter primary mirror and pioneering technologies, coupled with superb observation conditions of Maunakea, Hawai‘i based astronomers have discovered dozens of exoplanets. April’s Maunakea Skies will feature these ongoing efforts to find exoplanets.

Dr. Arimoto began an intense interest in astronomy when he was 11 years old, when a neighbor showed him how to use a telescope. He went on to become a student of astronomy at Tohoku University, where he received his Ph.D. in astronomy in 1980. He became Director of the Subaru Telescope in April of 2012. He focuses his scientific research on understanding galaxy evolution and the properties of individual stars within galaxies.

The Maunakea Skies program will be hosted by ‘Imiloa Planetarium Technician, Emily Peavy, who will provide observational highlights of the current night sky over Hawai’i, and point out prominent constellations and stars visible during this time of year.

‘Imiloa’s monthly Maunakea Skies planetarium presentations are held on the third Friday of each month. General admission cost is $10; $8 for Kupuna, Individual, Dual, Kupuna and Family Members; $6 for Patron Members; Free for Silver, Gold, and Corporate Members. Pre-purchase tickets at the ‘Imiloa front desk or by phone at 808-932-8901.

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