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

December 3, 2016 @ 6:00 p.m.

Dr. Gunther Hasinger, IFA Director, University of Hawaii, Institute for Astronomy, presents:

"Astronomyʻs Limitless Journey"

A fascinating new book, Astronomy’s Limitless Journey, authored by astronomer Dr. Günther Hasinger, takes the reader on a guided journey to the far reaches of the universe, traveling through time from the incredibly hot fireball of the Big Bang roughly 13.8 billion years ago and ending in distant eons with its cold, dark demise. As the field of astrophysics and cosmology experiences a “golden age” due to larger telescopes, faster computers, and more sophisticated algorithms, fundamental changes are taking place in our understanding of space and time and of the origin and future of our universe. Dr. Hasinger will explain these fascinating revelations and describe the methods utilized in modern astronomy. He will also present recent findings and discoveries that have surprised the international scientific community.  Dr. Hasinger invites everyone to join him in learning that every new discovery opens a further door to the unknown and with every answered question, we discover more locked doors still to be opened.  Please join us at the VIS to learn more about the sky above, and to share in an evening of stargazing.

Günther's book, Astronomy's Limitless Journey, is on sale at the VIS.  Please pick up a copy and have it autographed during the event. - Employment, internships and volunteer opportunities on Mauna Kea

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