What's Coming Up!

Dec 6, 2014
6:00 pm
The Universe Tonight

Institute for Astronomy

Dec 13, 2014
6:00 pm
UH Hilo Astrophysics Club

Stargazing with the UH Hilo Astrophysics Club

Dec 20, 2014
6:00 pm
Malalo o Ka Po Lani

Different speakers from the community speak about Mauna O Wakea from a cultural perspective

Jan 3, 2015
6:00 pm
The Universe Tonight

Institute for Astronomy

Jan 10, 2015
6:00 pm
UH Hilo Astrophysics Club

Stargazing with the UH Hilo Astrophysics Club

Jan 17, 2015
6:00 pm
Malalo o Ka Po Lani

Different speakers from the community speak about Mauna O Wakea from a cultural perspective

 

The Universe Tonight

Apr 6, 2013 6:00pm
Caltech Submillimeter Observatory

Dr. Simon Radford

PRESENTS:

Submillimeter Astronomy at the CSO

 Interested in learning about the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory (CSO) on top of Mauna Kea? Come join us as Dr. Simon Radford discusses submillimeter astromony at the CSO. The CSO is one of the world's premier facilities for astronomical research and instrumentation development! Light at submillimeter wavelengths (longer than infrared and shorter than radio wavelengths) is particularly important for the study of interstellar dust particles and molecular gas. Astronomers use the CSO to observe objects in our Solar System, in our Galaxy, and in galaxies across the Universe! Join us as we explore the submillimeter astronomy of the CSO!

 

BIO:

Dr. Simon Radford is the Technical Manager of the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory on Mauna Kea. He received his Ph. D. in Astronomy from the University of Washington in Seattle based on observations of the Cosmic Background Radiation. Subsequenty he has worked at the Institute de Radio Astronomie Millimetrique 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 ultraluminous galaxies, characterization of observing conditions at telescope sites, and development of telescopes and instrumentation.

 

 

 

On the first Saturday of each month, the Visitor Information Station (VIS) hosts The Universe Tonight, a special presentation on the current research and discoveries occurring on Mauna Kea. The presentation begins at 6:00 PM and is followed by the regular evening stargazing program at the VIS.

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