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

February 4th, 2017 @  the VIS Presentation Room, 6:00 p.m.

Emily Peavy, Planetary Support Facilitator & Technician at ʻImiloa, presents:

"Perspectives of Astronomy"

Astronomical ideas have existed for as long as people have been able to look up at the stars. Today the term “astronomy” refers to the scientific study of the stars and other celestial objects which has evolved greatly over the centuries. However the ideas that make up astronomy (the universe, stars, constellations, etc.) can have different connotations to different people. In this presentation we’ll explore the idea of astronomy as a science and its importance to people through culture and personal experiences, all of these factors need to be considered when communicating and educating the public on this unique field of study.

March 4th, 2017 @ the VIS Presentation Room, 6:00 p.m.

 Dr. Josh Walawender, Support Astronomer with the W. M. Keck Observatory, presents:

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