2012 Astronomy Lecture Series at Kahilu Theatre - Tom Soifer (Caltech)

Thursday February 09, 2012
07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Kahilu Theatre

Title: Seeing the Invisible Universe

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2012 Astronomy Lecture Series at Kahilu Theatre - Richard Wainscoat (UH/IfA)

Thursday April 05, 2012
07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Kahilu Theatre

Title: City Dark: Search for Night on a Sleepless Planet

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2012 Astronomy Lecture Series at Kahilu Theatre - Brian Siana (UC Riverside)

Thursday May 10, 2012
07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Kahilu Theatre

Title: How Stars Destroyed Most of the Atoms in the Universe

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2012 Astronomy Lecture Series - Jay Pasachoff

Thursday June 07, 2012
07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Gates Auditorium, Hawaii Preparatory Academy

Title: Transits of Venus from Earth, Jupiter & Saturn: Past, Present & Future

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Solar System Walk 2012

Saturday September 29, 2012
10:00 am - 01:00 pm

Start at the Sun booth stationed at Keck headquarters and walk the human scale distance of the planets, ending up at Pluto and the Kuiper Belt located at CFHT headquarters.

<strong>Fun and Learning for the Whole Family!</strong>

Grab your Solar System Passport and take a stroll along the Big Island’s own planet walk.  On this scale-model journey, learn interesting facts about our cosmic neighborhood.  Start at the Sun booth stationed at Keck headquarters and end up visiting Pluto and the Kuiper Belt at CFHT headquarters. Keiki who complete their passports receive a small prize.

This event is organized by Waimea’s own Observatories, Keck and CFHT, and sponsored in part by the Mauna Kea Observatories Outreach Group. For more info, contact Nadine at 808.885.3169.

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2012 Astronomy Lecture Series - Ben Zuckerman (UCLA)

Thursday October 25, 2012
07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Gates Performing Arts Center Auditorium, Hawaii Preparatory Academy

Title: Violent events in rocky planetary systems: Implications for the fate of technological civilizations, including our own

<a href="http://personnel.physics.ucla.edu/directory/faculty/zuckerman">View Astronomer's Website</a>

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2012 Astronomy Lecture Series - Günther Hasinger (UH)

Tuesday November 20, 2012
07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Gates Performing Arts Center Auditorium, Hawaii Preparatory Academy

Title: Black Holes and the Fate of the Universe

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Keck Observatory Open House: Welcome to Our Universe

Keck Observatory Open House: Welcome to Our Universe

Saturday March 16, 2013
11:00 am - 03:00 pm

Keck Obervatory Headquarters, 65-1120 Mamalahoa Hwy. in Waimea

Saturday, March 16, from 11 am to 3 pm. Free and open to the Public.

A unique collection of hands on exhibits, demonstrations and presentations brought together by Keck Observatory staff for Hawaii Island residents and visitors to learn everything they would like to know about our science and technology.

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MOSFIRE: a Powerful New Astronomy Tool at the W. M. Keck Observatory

Thursday April 04, 2013
12:00 pm - 02:00 pm

Kahilu Theatre

Ian McLean (UC Los Angeles)

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On April 4, 2012 a new instrument obtained “first light” on the Keck I Telescope at the W. M. Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea. Known as MOSFIRE, for Multi-Object Spectrometer For Infra-Red Exploration, it is the most advanced capability available today to study star formation, galaxy formation and the early universe. What makes this huge, vacuum-cryogenic instrument unique is its ability to select up to 46 individual objects in the field of view and then record the infrared spectrum of all 46 objects simultaneously. Professor Ian McLean of the University of California at Los Angeles and co-principal investigator of MOSFIRE will describe some of the technical challenges that were overcome in developing and commissioning this multi-year, multi-million dollar instrument as well as share early science results ranging from the discovery of ultra-cool, nearby substellar mass objects, to the detection of oxygen in young galaxies only 2 billion years after the Big Bang.
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Astronomy Talk: He Lani Ko Luna—A Sky Above

Astronomy Talk: He Lani Ko Luna -- A Sky Above

Thursday September 26, 2013
07:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Kahilu Theatre

Chad Kālepa Baybayan is captain and navigator of the Hawaiian deep-sea voyaging canoes Hōkūle’a, Hawai’iloa, and Hōkūalaka’i. Baybayan will give a fascinating presentation on the history of oceanic wayfinding in the Pacific and the efforts to revitalize this once-dynamic maritime culture by exploring the symbiotic relationship between land, sea, sky, and people. He currently serves as the Navigator in Residence at ‘Imiloa. In 2007, Baybayan was initiated into the order of Pwo, a two thousand year old society of deep-sea navigators, by their teacher, Master Navigator Mau Piailug.

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Astronomy Talk: The Wonder of Comet ISON, A Relic From the Beginning of the Solar System

NASA/ESA/STScI/AURA

This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of Comet (C/2012 S1) ISON was photographed on April 10, when the comet was slightly closer than Jupiter's orbit at a distance of 386 million miles from the Sun (394 million miles from Earth). The comet's dusty coma, or head of the comet, is approximately 3,100 miles across, or 1.2 times the width of Australia. A dust tail extends more than 57,000 miles, far beyond Hubble's field of view.

Astronomy Talk: The Wonder of Comet ISON, A Relic From the Beginning of the Solar System

Thursday October 24, 2013
07:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Kahilu Theatre

Dr. Carey Lisse, head of NASA’s Comet ISON Observation Campaign, will present a timely talk on how and when comets were formed, and where they come from. Also a Senior Research Scientist with Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Lisse will relate how comets may have helped start life on the Earth, and also how they may have ended it for millions of creatures at least 4 times in the past. He'll also give a bit of the history of comet observing by mankind, and explain how Comet 2012 S1 (ISON) fits into this picture of comets as relics from the beginning of our solar system. 


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Live from Keck: Comet ISON Observing Run

NASA

Live from Keck: Comet ISON Observing Run

Saturday October 26, 2013
04:30 am - 05:30 am

07:30 am - 08:30 am Pacific 
10:30 am - 11:30 am Eastern

Join us for a rare look into an observing run at the W. M. Keck Observatory, home of the largest and most scientifically productive telescopes on Earth.

In the Keck II remote observing room Dr. Carey Lisse, who is overseeing NASA's Comet ISON observation programs, will be joined by astronomers Neil Dello Russo, Anita Cochran, Ron Vervack and Hideyo Kawakita, hosted by our own Andrew Cooper for an enlightening look at science in the making. Expect livey discussion all about ISON and other famous comets, as well as a peek at the latest data being gathered from the mighty Keck II telescope. 

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Astronomy Talk: The Search for Other Earths

Astronomy Talk: The Search for Other Earths

Thursday November 21, 2013
07:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Kahilu Theatre

Andrew Howard, astronomer from the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy, will give an illuminating talk about the hunt for exoplanets and the quest for another Earth. Since 1995, more than 3,000 exoplanets have been discovered. Many of these planets look nothing like the planets of our Solar System -- strange orbits, unusual compositions, and unknown beginnings. Dr. Howard will tour this diverse landscape of exoplanets, including the recent discoveries of planets the size of Earth.


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Live From Keck: Hunt for the Cosmic Dark Ages

Live From Keck: Hunt for the Cosmic Dark Ages

Saturday December 07, 2013
12:00 am - 01:00 am


Join us for a rare look into an observing run at the W. M. Keck Observatory, home of the two largest and most scientifically productive telescopes on Earth. 


Caltech's Dr. Richard Ellis and his team of astronomers will spend two nights on Keck I with the instrument MOSFIRE attempting to look back into the Cosmic Dark Ages and quantify the degree to which hydrogen is being burnt off by the ultraviolet light from young galaxies. 

Click HERE to watch. 

Early Morning, December 7
12am (midnight) Hawai
2am Pacific
5 am Eastern


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Astronomy Talk: Examining the Planet-Forming Zone Around New Stars

NASA/JPL-Caltech

Astronomy Talk: Examining the Planet-Forming Zone Around New Stars

Tuesday February 11, 2014
07:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Kahilu Theater

W. M. Keck Observatory astronomer Greg Doppmann will give a talk on circumstellar disks that surround newly formed stars. The inner regions of such disks are where rocky, and perhaps Earth-like planets are believed to form. Searching these planet-forming environments for compounds that promote life, such as water and organic molecules, is the focus of his research. Using Keck Observatory's NIRSPEC, a high-resolution infrared spectrograph on the Keck II telescope, Doppmann will illustrate how we can test for conditions that are favorable to the development of life on planets elsewhere in the Galaxy.

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Keep Looking Up: Total Lunar Eclispe

Taken by Keck Observatory Guidestar, Maureen Salmi from the ninth floor of the Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu on December 10th, 2011, using a DSLR camera with standard zoom lens, and tripod.

Keep Looking Up: Total Lunar Eclispe

Monday April 14, 2014
09:07 pm - 10:25 pm

People in Hawaii are in prime position to view a total lunar eclipse tonight—one of two expected this year.

After the full moon rises at sunset tonight, the eclipse will start just 11 minutes later, at 6:53 pm, but you won't see any changes. The partial phase will begin at about 7:53 pm making the moon appear red or black depending on atmospheric conditions, as the moon appears to travel into the shadow of the Earth. The total eclipse starts at 9:07 pm, with the moon completely shadowed from the Sun, at which point it will be very dark. At 10:25, it will leave the shadow of the Earth and begin to lighten up again. 

The gusty trade winds are bringing drier than normal air and quickly blowing away most clouds, which should increase the chance to good viewing. Leeward locations should be best. 

The next total lunar ecslipe will come on the evening of October 7th, with the partial phase starting at 11:14 pm and the total ecslipe at 12:25 on October 8. 

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Astronomy Talk: Zooming into the Center of our Galaxy with Keck Observatory

WMKO/UCLA

The orbits of stars within the central 1.0 X 1.0 arcseconds of our Galaxy. In the background, the central portion of a diffraction-limited image taken in 2012 is displayed. While every star in this image has been seen to move over the past 17 years, estimates of orbital parameters are best constrained for stars that have been observed through at least one turning point of their orbit. The annual average positions for these stars are plotted as colored dots, which have increasing color saturation with time. Also plotted are the best fitting simultaneous orbital solutions. These orbits provide the best evidence yet for a supermassive black hole, which has a mass of 4 million times the mass of the Sun.

Astronomy Talk: Zooming into the Center of our Galaxy with Keck Observatory

Tuesday May 20, 2014
07:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Kahilu Theatre

The Galactic Center Group at UCLA has used the W. M. Keck Observatory for the past two decades to observe the center of the Milky Way at the highest angular resolution possible. This work established the existence of a supermassive black hole at the heart of our Galaxy. In this talk, Dr. Leo Meyer, Research Scientist for the UCLA Galactic Center Group, will focus on the black hole itself and the gas that it swallows. The feeding of the black hole is a turbulent process resulting in highly variable emission of infrared light. Observations of this variability provide a great way to learn about the black hole and its immediate environment.

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Astronomy Talk: First Light in the Universe, The End of the Cosmic Dark Ages

Astronomy Talk: First Light in the Universe, The End of the Cosmic Dark Ages

Thursday June 19, 2014
07:00 pm - 08:00 pm

In the first several hundred million years after the Big Bang, the Universe was too hot for stars and galaxies to form. As the Universe cooled and its expansion slowed, gravity caused the first stars to collapse and re-light the Universe. Most theories suggest these first stars were unusual super-massive objects that evolved quickly and ended their lives in gigantic explosions. In this talk, Dr. Michael Bolte from UC Santa Cruz will discuss observations from Keck Observatory that identify the physical properties of the first stars based on the chemical elements they produced as they ended their lives.

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Live From Keck Observatory: The Supermassive Black Hole

Ethan Tweedie

Live From Keck Observatory: The Supermassive Black Hole

Thursday July 03, 2014
09:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us for a rare look into an observing run at the W. M. Keck Observatory, home of the two largest and most scientifically productive telescopes on Earth.

Both of the mighty 10-meter Keck Observatory telescopes will be steered by UCLA's Andrea Ghez and her team of observers from the UCLA Galactic Center Group for two nights to study the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. They will be studying an enigmatic object named G2, setting up a test for Einstein's General Relativity and gathering more data on what they describe as The Paradox of Youth: young objects paradoxically developing around the black hole.

Click HERE to watch. 

Evening of July 3rd

9 p.m. HST

12 a.m. (July 4th) Pacific

3 a.m. (July 4th) Eastern

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Astronomy Talk: A Deep View on the Early Universe, Extreme Makeovers and Overweight Galaxies

Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, J.-C. Cuillandre (CFHT), Coelum

Astronomy Talk: A Deep View on the Early Universe, Extreme Makeovers and Overweight Galaxies

Wednesday August 13, 2014
07:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Kahilu Theatre

As the building blocks of the Universe, galaxies are massive structures that can contain trillions of stars. Galaxies in today's Universe show a striking diversity among their properties, with large variations in their appearance, age, size, weight, and stellar birth rate. Despite this diversity, galaxies can broadly be divided into two types: low-mass spiral galaxies with high stellar production rates, and massive old elliptical galaxies in which no new stars are being formed. But it has remained a puzzle how this dichotomy originated. In particular, we do not understand why elliptical galaxies form no stars in a Universe with plenty of fuel. In this talk, UC Berkeley's Dr. Mariska Kriek will present recent studies of galaxies in the Early Universe, and discuss our current view of how different types of galaxies may have formed and evolved over cosmic time. 

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Cosmic Movie: Particle Fever

Cosmic Movie: Particle Fever

Thursday September 25, 2014
06:00 pm - 08:00 pm

KahiluTheatre - Free and open to the public

DOORS OPEN AT 6:00p 
MOVIE STARTS AT 6:30p

For the first time, a film gives audiences a front row seat to a significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation.

As they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 10,000 scientists from more than 100 countries joined forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter. But our heroes confront an even bigger challenge: have we reached our limit in understanding why we exist?

Directed by Mark Levinson, a physicist turned filmmaker, from the inspiration and initiative of producer David Kaplan and masterfully edited by Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The English Patient, The Godfather trilogy), Particle Fever is a celebration of discovery, revealing the very human stories behind this epic machine.

Click here for the official trailer.

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TEDx Kamuela

TEDx Kamuela

Saturday October 04, 2014
09:00 am - 05:00 pm

Kahilu Theatre

Our very own Greg Wirth and Jason Chin will be be two of the presenters at this first-ever TEDx event at the Kahilu Theatre. 

Please go to: http://www.ted.com/tedx/events/12052 for tickets and more information. 

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Waimea Solar System Walk

CFHT

Waimea Solar System Walk

Saturday November 08, 2014
10:00 am - 02:00 pm

The Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope and W. M. Keck Observatory are sponsoring the Waimea Solar System Walk from 10am-2pm on November 8th. The walk turns Waimea into a scale model of our solar system with the sun at Keck Observatory and Pluto/dwarf planets at CFHT. The remaining booths are spaced at the distance they would be found if our solar system was the size of Waimea. Each booth will be run by a CFHT or Keck Observatory staff member and include an activity and fun information about the planet. Kids will be given a solar system passport at the start. As they visit each planet, they’ll receive a stamp on the passport. Each keiki that completes their passport will receive a coupon for one free admission to Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo. Everyone is welcome to refreshments at the end.

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Cosmic Cup: Hawaiian-Style Polo Match Fundraiser

Cosmic Cup: Hawaiian-Style Polo Match Fundraiser

Sunday November 23, 2014
02:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Waikii Ranch Club House, Mauna Kea, Hawaii

Please join us for a festive, Hawaiian-style polo afternoon and support the frontiers of discovery! The match is being held in conjunction with the Mauna Kea Polo Club.



Gates Open at Noon
Match starts at 2pm

FRIENDS:
$250 per person
Catered Luncheon at 1pm
RSVP by November 17
Call: 808.881.3854
jcampbell@keck.hawaii.edu

FANS:
General Admission $5 per person
Bring a picnic lunch, umbrella and chairs
Admission collected at gate

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The Art and Science of the Weather on the Island of Hawaii

The Art and Science of the Weather on the Island of Hawaii

Friday December 19, 2014
07:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Kahilu Theatre

University of Hawaii Meterorology Professor, Steven Businger will offer a layman's look at the amazing variety of weather experienced by the Island of Hawaii and will include lots of imagery and illustrations. Topics touched on will include the impact of hurricanes, thunderstorms and blizzards on the Big Island, forecasting for astronomy on Mauna Kea, and some thoughts on the impact of climate change on the Island of Hawaii later this century.

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On Keck 1, we have CIT observers using LRIS-ADC. On Keck 2, we have UCB observers using DEIMOS. Sun set 05:52:00pm rise 06:24:00am
UCB observers will use LRIS-ADC on Keck 1, and UH observers will use DEIMOS on Keck 2 tonight. Sun set 05:52:00pm rise 06:23:00am