The Search for Extraterrestrial Life, From a Reporter’s Perspective

Kahilu Theatre 67-1186 Lindsey Rd, Kamuela, HI, United States

Guest Speaker Nadia Drake Science Journalist For millennia, humans have wondered whether there’s life beyond Earth. Over the last half-century or so, these musings have evolved from fantasy and speculation into a legitimate scientific endeavor, guided largely by the Drake Equation — a formula that estimates the number of detectable extraterrestrial civilizations in our Milky […]

Waimea Family Food Truck Friday

W. M. Keck Observatory Headquarters 65-1120 Mamalahoa Highway, Kamuela, HI, United States

The Waimea Family Food Truck Friday is a monthly community event that happens on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi in the heart of Waimea Town, on the front lawn of W. M. Keck Observatory’s office headquarters. Come out and support the local food and beverage vendors.

Maunakea Community Weed Pull

Visitor Information Station Maunakea, HI, United States

Since 2012, the Mālama Maunakea Volunteer Weed Pulls are part of the University of Hawaiʻi Center for Maunakea Stewardship’s ongoing Mālama Maunakea efforts to protect the resources on the mountain by helping to control fireweed (Senecio madagascariensis) and other invasive plant species around Maunakea’s 9,000′ elevation. Removing invasive species and weeds helps to reduce habitat […]

Exploring the Pluto System and Kuiper Belt Object Arrokoth with NASA’s New Horizons

Kahilu Theatre 67-1186 Lindsey Rd, Kamuela, HI, United States

Guest Speaker Alan Stern Principal Investigator NASA New Horizons Mission, Southwest Research Institute NASA’s New Horizons is the first spacecraft to successfully explore the Pluto System and a Kuiper Belt Object named Arrokoth, making history as the farthest flyby ever performed in our solar system. Learn more about the mission, the scientific payload it carries, […]

Astronomy Talk: NASA: Exploring the Secrets of the Universe and Improving Life on Earth

Kahilu Theatre 67-1186 Lindsey Rd, Kamuela, HI, United States

Guest Speaker Thomas H. Zurbuchen Former Head of Science NASA Ever since NASA was established in 1958, expanding human knowledge of Earth, atmospheric phenomena, and space has been NASA’s priority. Discoveries made with both robotic and human exploration has changed how we think about the universe, our planet, and life beyond our planet. Dr. Zurbuchen […]

Black Holes’ Last Tango in Space: LIGO and the Dawn of Gravitational-wave Astronomy

Guest Speaker: David Reitze, Executive Director, LIGO Laboratory, California Institute of TechnologyASTRONOMY TALK | The first direct detections of gravitational waves in late 2015 were made possible by a dedicated forty year quest to design, build, and operate LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory. Why so long?? Dr. Reitze will discuss what makes gravitational waves so […]

Life in the Universe

Abraham Loeb, Chair of the Astronomy Department, Founding Director of the Black Hole Initiative, Director of the Institute for Theory and Computation  Harvard UniversityASTRONOMY TALK | Is life most likely to emerge at the present cosmic time near a star like the Sun? Dr. Loeb will review the habitability of the universe throughout cosmic history […]

The Restless Universe: Palomar Transient Factory

Dan David Prize Winner, Shrinivas Kulkarni California Institute of TechnologyCosmic explosions were first noted nearly two thousand years ago but only in the past hundred years have astronomers secured recognition of classes of explosions ranging from exotic eruptions to the death of stars (supernovae). The Palomar Transient Factory (PTF) and its successor, the Zwicky Transient Factory (ZTF) […]

Fingerprints of the first stars: Searching for Population III with Keck

Our current story for the origin of the heavy elements has at its core a recycling program on the grandest of scales. Using Keck, we have traced atoms as they flow from the intergalactic medium into galaxies, where they are incorporated into stars, undergo fusion, and are returned in supernovae and other types of stellar […]

Focusing the Distant Universe with Gravitational Lensing

Observing distant objects allows us to peer back in time to early stages of the universe, across the most active period of galaxy growth when most stars were born. While galaxies are challenging to study at such large distances, nature occasionally gives us an advantage through the phenomenon of gravitational lensing. The lensing effect can […]

Waimea Solar System Walk

Join us for the Waimea Solar System Walk on Saturday, October 29, 2016.  The walk begins at Keck HQ and ends at CFHT HQ, with booths along the route. Free admission to ‘Imiloa for all keiki completing the Solar System Walk. Refreshments Hamburgers and hot dogs Costume Contest will begin at 1pm at CFHT.   […]