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Maunakea Skies Talk: Stories from the Submillimeter Sky

by Imiloa Astronomy Center on September 1st, 2017

‘Imiloa presents Miriam Fuchs, Telescope Operator and Outreach Specialist at the Submillimeter Array
Date: Fri. Sept. 15
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $10, $8 for members (member level discounts apply)

Astronomers look to the skies above to probe the mysteries of the cosmos, but what can we learn when studying the universe in submillimeter wavelengths? This relatively unexplored region of the electromagnetic spectrum promises exciting answers to some of the most pressing questions in astrophysics, such as “how are planets and stars formed?” Discover answers to these deep-space questions at ‘Imiloa’s Maunakea Skies talk with Miriam Fuchs, Telescope Operator and Outreach Specialist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory’s Submillimeter Array (SMA) on Friday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m.

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Photo by: Nmesh Patel

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The SMA is an 8-element interferometer telescope located atop Maunakea and is uniquely suited to observe cold interstellar material. This extraordinary technology has helped astronomers make impressive strides towards deepening our understanding of how stars, planets and the earliest galaxies in our universe have formed. Fuchs will share stories of the technological innovations that pave the way for submillimeter astronomy and exciting discoveries made by the SMA on Maunakea.

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Known as “Aunty Mimi” around the island, Fuchs brings her passion for the universe to children through dynamic live science shows at local libraries, schools, festivals and events on Hawai‘i Island. After receiving her BS in Astrophysics from Haverford College in Pennsylvania, she worked as a science educator at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science in Durham. She joined the SMA in April of 2016 and enjoys the variety of extensive studies on Maunakea as well as connecting with her island community through outreach visits.

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Maunakea Skies presentations are held on the third Friday of each month. General admission tickets are $10, $8 for members. 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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