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 6, 2016 @ 6:00 p.m.

Rob Kelso,PISCES Executive Director presents:

"Did Pigs, Bees, Frogs, Monkeys & Butterflies REALLY Fly in Space???"

When we think of astronauts, of course, we think of humans. But there have been plenty of animals that have traveled into space; almost a Noah’s Ark worth.  Rob Kelso, Executive Director of the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES) in Hilo, Hawaii will share the history of animal’s exploration of space.  You will find out what species has been to space the most, the longest, the furthest.  You will discover what animals were chosen for which mission and why. Rob, a former NASA space shuttle flight director, will share stories and experiences that you can only get from first-hand knowledge managing a team of national experts exploring the skies above.  Please join us at the VIS to learn more and celebrate this special event. 



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