The Universe Tonight
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Thirty Meter Telescope
Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), astronomy’s next-generation observatory will be the most advanced and capable telescope on Earth. TMT will take us on an exciting journey of discovery that will explore the origin of galaxies, and uncover previously hidden details of our universe.
The TMT project is an international partnership among the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, and ACURA, an organization of Canadian universities. The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) is a collaborating institution. The National Astronomical Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Science and the Department of Science and Technology of India has entered into TMT as participating institution.
Sandra Dawson is the Hawaii Community Affairs manager and the representative in Hawaii for the proposed $1.2 billion Thirty Meter Telescope Project. Dawson, a long-time employee of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) worked at Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for more than 20 years. During that time, she worked on some of JPL’s largest projects for NASA, including the Galileo, Cassini and Mars missions, from which she received numerous group and individual awards.
Sandra moved to Hilo almost three years ago with her husband and hanai son and now solely works on the Thirty Meter Telescope project.
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.
The Universe Tonight typically features an astronomer from one of the observatories on Mauna Kea giving a presentation on recent observations and discoveries from their telescope. Observatories are on a rotating schedule. If you would like to know about upcoming presentations, please call the VIS at (808) 961-2180 during operational hours.