The Universe Tonight

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 Maunakea. 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 Maunakea giving a presentation on recent observations and discoveries from their telescope. Observatories are on a rotating schedule.


Upcoming Presentations


June 2, 2018 @ the VIS Presentation Room, 6:00 p.m.  

Presented by:  Dr. Josh Walawender , of W. M. Keck Observatory

“The Care and Feeding of Young Stars”.


Stars are born in the darkest, densest cores within huge clouds of gas and dust.  These clouds are enormous and can be seen with the naked eye from a natural night sky unaffected by light pollution.  The presentation will provide an overview of how stars are formed using examples of objects that you can see with the naked eye or with small telescopes like those which the public can view through at the visitor information station.  In addition, we will look at how young stars affect their birthplace through radiation and through protostellar jets including a look at the results of a recent study of a star forming region done using telescopes on Maunakea.












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