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

May 7, 2016 @ 6:00 p.m.

Dr. Warren Skidmore, Observatory System Scientist, Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) presents:

"TMT: The Next Generation of Ground-based Telescope - What, Why, and How"

The next generation Earth-based telescope is the Thirty Meter Telescope, an astronomical observatory with a primary mirror approximately 100 feet across. The TMT would be able to explore the mysteries of the Universe at distances and resolutions nearly 10x greater than any other telescope in existence.  Dr. Skidmore will talk about the TMT project, the exciting scientific questions that drive the building of a giant telescope, and how the observatory is designed to support a range of scientific studies that span the universe from asteroids to the first luminous structures in the universe.  He will also present details about the exciting engineering solutions that have been developed to overcome the problems of constructing and operating a giant diffraction limited observatory.



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