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

October 7, 2017 @ the VIS Presentation Room, 6:00 p.m.

Miriam Fuchs of  the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory's Submillimeter Array presents:

Astronomers look to the skies to probe the mysteries of the cosmos, but what do they learn when studying the universe in submillimeter wavelengths?  This relatively unexplored region of the electromagnetic spectrum promises exciting answers to some of the most pressing questions in astrophysics. The Submillimeter Array, an 8-element radio interferometer located atop Mauna Kea, is uniquely suited to observe cold interstellar material and has made strides towards deepening our understanding of how stars, planets, and the earliest galaxies in the universe have formed. We'll share the stories of the scientists and technological innovations that paved the way for submillimeter astronomy, and learn about some of the Submillimeter Array's most exciting discoveries. 







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