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Open House Family Lectures 2015

The schedule and talks are subject to change. Details about each talk are being posted as they become available.


IfA Auditorium (C-214)

11:00–11:45 Jonathan Williams: Fun Facts about the Universe
Join Prof. Williams for a child-friendly tour of the solar system and beyond, and learn some amazing facts about planets, stars, galaxies, and even our own Earth.

12:00–12:45 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.

1:00–1:45 Michael Liu: Seeing the Invisible
Brown dwarfs are the Sun's tiny hidden neighbors, the coldest and faintest objects free-floating in space. Dr. Liu will describe the 30-year quest to study these mysterious objects and how they provide the missing link between the smallest stars and the biggest planets.

2:00–2:45 JD Armstrong: Student Research with the Faulkes Telescope
The Faulkes Telescope North on Maui and the Faulkes Telescope South in Siding Springs, Australia, are both 2.0-meter telescopes. Large enough for professional astronomers to use for real research, these telescopes were specifically built for education and outreach. This gives middle, high school, and undergraduate students in Hawai'i and elsewhere an unprecedented opportunity to use a research-grade telescope. Students have have taken their own data to study asteroids, supernova, variable stars, exoplanets, the Universe! Dr. Armstrong will describe a few examples of the amazing work done by these young scientists.

3:00–3:45 Karen Meech: Rosetta, Dawn, and New Horizons: Missions to the Small Bodies of the Solar System
US and European missions are pushing the frontiers of solar system exploration. Come experience the excitement of the discoveries from these missions as Dr. Meech shares what the results tell us about how our solar system started, and how the ingredients for life got distributed.


Moon Room (B-228) Movies

These will start about 11:30 and may be repeated throughout the day. Other movies may be added.

IfA Pecha Kucha talks (about 20 minutes total). Simple presentations in which the presenter shows 20 images, each for 20 seconds, and talks along with the images.

  • Shadia Habbal, Unveiling the Beauty of the Sun
  • Günther Hasinger, The Colors of the Sky
  • Gareth Wynn-Williams, Fire & Sky & Life

Maunakea time-lapse videos 1 & 2 (about 6 minutes total) by IfA graduate student Sean Goebel

"Hawaiian Starlight: Exploring the Universe from Mauna Kea," by Jean-Paul Cuillandre, an astronomer at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (43 minutes)