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 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.

Past Presentations

Mar 7, 2009
The Universe Tonight
United Kingdom Infrared Telescope, Andy Adamson
Apr 4, 2009
The Universe Tonight
NASA Infrared Telescope Facility, Alan Tokunaga
May 2, 2009
The Universe Tonight
UHH Astronomy & Physics Department, Josh Williams
Jun 6, 2009
The Universe Tonight
Caltech Submillimeter Observatory, Brian Force
Jul 4, 2009
The Universe Tonight
'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii, Don Romero
Aug 1, 2009
The Universe Tonight
The Submillimeter Array, Anil Dosaj
Sep 5, 2009
The Universe Tonight
The Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, Stephane Arnouts
Oct 3, 2009
The Universe Tonight
Gemini Observatory, Peter Michaud
Nov 7, 2009
The Universe Tonight
Keck Observatory, Dr. Grant Hill
Dec 5, 2009
The Universe Tonight
Office of Mauna Kea Management, UHH, Stephanie Nagata
Jan 2, 2010
The Universe Tonight
Subaru Telescope, National Astronomical Observatory Japan, Dr. Kumiko Usuda
Feb 6, 2010
The Universe Tonight
The Thirty Meter Telescope, Sandra Dawson
Mar 6, 2010
The Universe Tonight
Institute for Astronomy at Hilo, Dr. Josh Walawender
Apr 3, 2010
The Universe Tonight
United Kingdom Infrared Telescope, Andy Adamson
May 1, 2010
The Universe Tonight
'Imiloa Astronomy Center, Christopher and Kala
Jun 5, 2010
The Universe Tonight
Onizuka Center for International Astronomy, Sunny Stewart
Jul 3, 2010
The Universe Tonight
UH Hilo Hoku Kea, Dr. David James
Aug 7, 2010
The Universe Tonight
Caltech Submillimeter Telescope, Dr. Hiroko Shinnaga
Sep 4, 2010
Oct 2, 2010
The Universe Tonight
Smithsonian Submillimeter Array
Nov 6, 2010
The Universe Tonight
University of Hawai`i Institute for Astronomy
Dec 4, 2010
The Universe Tonight
Gemini Northern 8-m Telescope
Jan 1, 2011
The Universe Tonight
W.M. Keck Observatory
Feb 5, 2011
The Universe Tonight
Joshua Williams, AMiBA
Mar 5, 2011
The Universe Tonight
Karun Thanjavur, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope
Apr 2, 2011
The Universe Tonight
Office of Mauna Kea Management, UHH
May 7, 2011
The Universe Tonight
Subaru - National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
Jun 4, 2011
The Universe Tonight
The Thirty Meter Telescope
Jul 2, 2011
The Universe Tonight
Institute of Astronomy
Aug 6, 2011
The Universe Tonight
James Clark Maxwell Telescope
Sep 3, 2011
The Universe Tonight
United Kingdom Infrared Telescope
Oct 1, 2011
The Universe Tonight
NASA Infrared Telescope Facility
Nov 5, 2011
Dec 3, 2011
The Universe Tonight
Caltech Submillimeter Observatory
Jan 7, 2012
The Universe Tonight
Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii
Feb 4, 2012
The Universe Tonight
Smithsonian Submillimeter Array
Mar 3, 2012
The Universe Tonight
University of Hawai`i Institute for Astronomy
Apr 7, 2012
The Universe Tonight
Gemini Northern 8-m Telescope
May 5, 2012
The Universe Tonight
W.M. Keck Observatory
Jun 2, 2012
The Universe Tonight
Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station
Jul 7, 2012
The Universe Tonight
Canada - France - Hawai`i Telescope
Aug 4, 2012
The Universe Tonight
Subaru Telescope
Sep 1, 2012
The Universe Tonight
Office of Mauna Kea Management
Oct 6, 2012
The Universe Tonight
The Thirty Meter Telescope
Nov 3, 2012
The Universe Tonight
University of Hawai'i 2.2
Dec 1, 2012
The Universe Tonight
James Clerk Maxwell Telescope
Jan 5, 2013
The Universe Tonight
United Kingdom Infrared Telescope
Feb 2, 2013
The Universe Tonight
NASA Infrared Telescope Facility
Mar 2, 2013
Apr 6, 2013
The Universe Tonight
Caltech Submillimeter Observatory

Free Nightly Stargazing

FREE Nightly Stargazing & Star Tours

Open to everyone! Every night of the year from 6pm - 10pm MKVIS conducts star tours and operates several telescopes for public viewing by our knowledgeable guides.
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Escorted Summit Tours

Every Sat. & Sun. Bring your 4WD vehicle and join our free summit tour caravan. Tours will go into at least one of the observatories.
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