Astronomy Program

Supported by UH Institute for Astronomy and University of Hawai‘i Press

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Institute for Astronomy, UH Manoa

All day, Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1

Daytime sun viewing

Safely view the Sun through specially filtered telescopes. You will get to see sunspots, filaments and flares (if there are any) - features that you can't see otherwise. And you'll learn a little about the Sun too!

Scale model solar system

Explore the solar system in a fun and interactive activity. Learn how big (or small) our home planet is, and how the sizes and distances of the planets in our solar system compare. You'll take a walk from the Sun, past Earth, and out to the outer planets, all on the Festival grounds.

Günther Hasinger
11:15 a.m. Saturday April 30. Mission Memorial Auditorium

Günther Hasinger, Director of the Institute for Astronomy at UH Manoa, takes readers on a journey to the far reaches of the Universe—an exciting time travel that begins with the incredibly hot fireball of the Big Bang roughly 13.8 billion years ago and ends in distant aeons with its cold, dark demise. In between lie the times in which extensive structures, galaxies, stars and planets form. As the field of astrophysics and cosmology experiences a “golden age” due to larger telescopes, faster computers and more sophisticated algorithms, fundamental changes are taking place in the understanding of space and time and of the origin and future of the Universe. In Astronomy’s Limitless Journey, Hasinger explains these fascinating revelations and describes the methods utilized in modern astrophysics. He cautions, however, that the boundaries between knowledge and ignorance shift constantly; where our knowledge is so incomplete such that we can only speculate, the journey becomes shaky. Indeed, every new discovery opens a further door to the unknown and with every answered question, researchers discover more locked doors still to be opened.

A Sky Wonderful with Stars: 50 Years of Modern Astronomy on Maunakea 

Presented by Dr. Roy Gal
12:30 Saturday April 30. Mission Memorial Auditorium

Michael J West’s book tells the fascinating story of how a remote mountaintop in the middle of the Pacific Ocean became home to the most powerful collection of telescopes in the world. It is a tale of triumphs, failures, and the indomitable human spirit of exploration. Over 160 superb photographs accompanied by astronomer Michael J. West’s engaging commentary bring the past and present to life and showcase the many remarkable discoveries made by the observatories atop Maunakea.

PANEL: Mauna Kea-- Science and Sacredness

[Alana Hawaiian Culture Program]

Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwoʻole Osorio, Moderator
Julia Morgan, Leon Noʻeau Peralto,
4 p.m. Saturday April 30. Alana Hawaiian Culture Pavilion

A conversation about the cultural tension between traditional Hawaiian values and the theoretical assumptions of researchers, business people, policy makers and wide sectors of the public that support large-scale scientific research in Hawaiʻi.