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Open House Family Lectures 2016


IfA Auditorium (C-214)

11:45–12:40 Shadia Habbal: Solar Eclipses Expeditions and the 2017 Eclipse
Join Prof. Habbal for some amazing eclipse expeditions to places like Indonesia, Svalbard, the Marshall Islands, and Libya, and glimpses of scientific discoveries made. Learn about the upcoming 2017 eclipse that will be visible on the mainland, and where to best see it.

12:45–1:40 Karen Meech: Nearly Tail-less Comets (Manxes) - Providing clues to How our Planets Formed
Dr. Meech is part of a team that has recently discovered a new class of comets, dubbed “Manx comest”, tailless as a Manx cat. These could be the first-ever naked object seen that originate from the Oort cloud. What are they and what can they tell us about the formation of the planets?

1:45–2:40 Ken Chambers: What do you get when you crash two black holes together? Chasing the LIGO gravity wave event with Pan-STARRS
LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, recently detected the first-ever observed gravity wave event. Thought to be the result of two black holes colliding, astronomers set out to find a visible-light counterpart. Dr. Chambers recounts the chase with an-STARRS, the University of Hawaii's Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System

2:40–3:45 Larry Denneau: ATLAS: Extending the Reach for Hazardous Asteroids
ATLAS, the Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System, is about to begin full operation. Scanning the whole sky multiple times every night, these two telescopes, 100 miles apart, are the first early warning system for asteroids.


Fern Room (C-221)

12:45–1:30 AND 2:45–3:30 Brent Tully: Laniakea: Our Home Supercluster
Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is one of 100,000 galaxies that belongs to a vast area of gravitational attraction called the Laniakea Supercluster that Dr. Tully and his colleagues mapped and named.

1:45–2:30 UH Manoa Undergraduate Research: Bryan Yamashiro, Kaimi Kahihikolo & Corey Mutnik
UH Manoa undergraduate students share their research experiences working with astronomers at IfA and beyond.