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Modern Cosmology

by vrecinto on January 30th, 2014
photo courtesy WMAP Science Team

photo courtesy WMAP Science Team

Next Maunakea Skies Talk February 21, 2014

Speaker: Dr. Simon Radford, Caltech Submillimeter Observatory

Topic: Modern Cosmology

Time: Friday Feb. 21, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the ‘Imiloa Planetarium

Over the past century, advances in astronomy and physics have brought us a detailed picture of the structure and evolution of the universe. Despite this success, however, the composition of the overwhelming majority of the content of the universe remains a mystery. Dr. Radford will outline the development of modern cosmology and describe our current understanding of the overall properties of the universe. He will emphasize how observations at radio and submillimeter wavelengths, in particular observations of the cosmic microwave background radiation, complement other evidence to develop a complete picture of the universe.

2013 Feb. Simon RadfordDr. Radford is the Technical Manager of the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory on Maunakea. He received his doctorate in Astronomy from the University of Washington in Seattle based on observations of the cosmic background radiation (CBR). Since then, he has worked at the Institute for Radio Astronomy in the Millimeter in Grenoble, France, and at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Tucson, Arizona. Since 2004, he has been a member of the Professional Staff of the California Institute of Technology. His research has included observations of the CBR, studies of the interstellar medium in distant ultra luminous galaxies, characterization of observing conditions at telescope sites, and development of telescopes and instrumentation.

Maunakea Skies program will be hosted by Chris Phillips, ‘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, or call (808) 969-9703.

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