Evenings with Astronomers

Evenings with Astronomers Sponsors
Rob and Terry Ryan
Image credit Ethan Tweedie/WMKO

Rob and I have been sponsoring Evenings with Astronomers since 2007 in this distinctly Hawaiian environment for learning about the cosmos. Like many of you, before the lecture series, we were completely in the dark about what was happening at the top of Mauna Kea and decided we wanted astronomers to become part of our island experience instead of thinking of them as exotic strangers. We fund the lectures because it is a creative educational opportunity for members of the community to engage with world class scientists who are clearly at the top of their game.

In addition to learning about what awe inspiring discoveries are taking place at Keck Observatory, we have also come to know what it takes to be the world’s best in this scientific field. Advances in computers, optics, detectors and all around human know how are all being applied to the Keck Observatory telescopes to continuously revitalize their progress and promise to ensure that Keck remains the leading ground-based observatory as measured by the number and impact of scientific papers. New instruments and upgrades have kept Keck Observatory at the forefront of discoveries: brown dwarfs, extra-solar planets, black holes, galaxy evolution, and tonight new views of Mars and our solar system. Unfortunately, new instruments are not cheap. A new instrument typically runs at $10 million and upgrades at several million.

Why I am standing here tonight is to remind you that we are all in this together.

We need every one of you to keep giving to Keck Observatory and to give as much as you can. If you are not an  Annual Associate of Keck, we look forward to you becoming one. Together we will keep reaching for the stars and for all the knowledge that is there for us.

Thank you and aloha,

Terry Ryan

Videos of Past Events


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Evenings with Astronomers: The Intergalactic Medium and New Opportunities for Science Dr. Chris Martin

Dr. Chris Martin of Caltech explains the ongoing mission to directly observe the vast filaments of gas that connect clusters of galaxies, feed galaxies and create a vast... Read more »

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The Accelerating Universe Brian Schmidt

Nobel Laureate astronomer Brian Schmidt presents the story of the discovery of dark energy to an audience of enthusiastic Keck Observatory donors at the Fairmont Orchid,... Read more »

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From Hot Jupiters to Habitable Planets Dr. Debra Fischer of Yale University

Dr. Debra Fischer of Yale University explains the lively science of planet hunting. This talk was delivered on Feb. 27, 2012, at The Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island of... Read more »

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Discovering Dark Stars Dr. Adam Burgasser

Dr. Adam Burgasser of UC San Diego tells about the surging science of brown dwarfs—the failed stars that blur the line between planets and stars. This talk was... Read more »


Institute Information


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