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

June 4, 2016 @ 6:00 p.m.

Dr. Jessica Dempsey, Deputy Director, James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) presents:

"The Universe Hidden in your Microwave"

Most of the action in our Universe sends out signals that our eyes alone cannot see. Finding and understanding these hidden signals, from detecting the afterglow of the Big Bang, the discovery of the first galaxies to the recent detections of gravitational waves, has needed amazing ingenuity and in some cases, truly happy accidents. Dr. Dempsey will present some of the bizarre luck and imaginative inventions that sparked the revolution in astronomy at invisible wavelengths and showcase how telescopes on Maunakea, such as the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, use every technological trick they know to continue searching for these impossibly tiny, hugely exciting signals.  Please join us at the VIS to learn more about this exciting project, and to celebrate an evening of stargazing on Maunakea.



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