Next Maunakea Skies Talk November 21, 2014
Speaker: Dr. Gordon K. Squires, TMT Communications and Outreach Lead
Topic: Hello Universe – What Else Do You Have?
Time: Friday November 21, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the ‘Imiloa Planetarium
Recent discoveries with current-generation observatories on Maunakea and in space will be highlighted with a sneak-peak of how the next-generation Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) will advance our understanding of the universe even further. TMT has entered the construction phase in Hawai’i and across the TMT international partnership, with science operations scheduled to begin in the early 2020s. In this talk Dr. Squires will provide an update on the current status of TMT, discuss recent advances in Hawai’i and around the world in the construction of TMT, highlight the special nature of the unique partnership between the US, Canada, India, Japan and China, and the special location of Maunakea as a nexus for exploring our universe.
Gordon K. Squires is an astronomer at the California Institute of Technology, working with the Thirty Meter Telescope, as well as NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, the Herschel Space Observatory, the Galaxy Evolution Explorer, NuSTAR, Kepler, WISE, and other space telescopes with Caltech involvement. His research explores the old, cold and distant universe – understanding how galaxies formed billions of years ago, the nature of the dark matter, and dark energy that fills space.
Maunakea Skies program will be hosted by Cam Wipper, ‘Imiloa planetarium staff. He will provide observational highlights of the current night sky over Hawai‘i, pointing out prominent constellations and stars one can see during this time of year.
The monthly Maunakea Skies planetarium presentations are held on the third Friday of each month. Cost is $8 for Individual, Dual, Kupuna and Family Members; $6 for Patron Members; Free for Silver, Gold and Corporate Members. Non-member rate is $10. Pre-purchase tickets at the ‘Imiloa front desk or by phone at 969-9703.
‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i is located at 600 ‘Imiloa Place in Hilo, off Komohana and Nowelo Streets at the UH Hilo Science and Technology Park. For more information, go to www.imiloahawaii.org, or call (808) 969-9703.