The Universe Tonight

Apr 7, 2012 6:00pm
Gemini Northern 8-m Telescope




 Saturday, April 7th at 6:00PM


 Dr. Michael Hoenig


The Gemini Observatory

Are you curious about the observatories on top of Mauna Kea? Come join us as Dr. Michael Hoenig discusses the Gemini Observatory. If you didn’t know, there are actually two Gemini Observatories, one located in the northern hemisphere, here in Hawai’i and one in the southern hemisphere located in Chile. Learn how the two observatories work together and are able to study the entire night sky. In addition, Dr. Hoenig will go into details of the Gemini Observatory’s mirrors that provide superior performance, not just at optical wavelengths but also infrared wavelengths. He will also discuss the observatory’s technologies, such as adaptive optics and laser guide stars, which can be used for cutting-edge science. Finally, you will get to take a look into the future of the Gemini Observatory, a discussion you won’t want to miss out on!


Dr Michael Hoenig has been a Data Analysis Specialist at Gemini Observatory since 2008.  He did his undergraduate degree in Astrophysics at the University of Sussex (England) in the
mid-1990s, and then went on to do a PhD at the University of Cambridge, which he completed in 2004.  His thesis centered around the construction of a wide field infrared camera called
CIRSI, which he used to search for distant galaxy clusters.  This meant he ended up going on a number of observing trips to Mauna Kea and the Canary Islands.

After his PhD he worked in translation and publishing for a few years.  He is thrilled to be back in astronomy and back in Hawaiʻi.  When he's not up at the telescope observing the night
sky, or reviewing the images back down in Hilo, he likes to go to the beach, dance Argentine tango or read a good book.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.



On the first Saturday of each month, 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.

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