International Year of Astronomy
The year 2009 marked the International Year of Astronomy, or IYA 2009, celebrating astronomy around the world and commemorating 400 years of the telescope. To showcase the occasion, W. M. Keck Observatory and the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai’i presented the Maunakea Directors Lectures Series, a distinctive collection of talks given by the individuals who lead the world-class astronomical facilities on the summit of Mauna Kea.
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Dr. Mike Bolte
400 Years of Discovery: from Galileo to the Thirty Meter Telescope
(December 17, 2009) In this final presentation of the 2009 Mauna Kea Directors’ Lecture Series, Dr. Mike Bolte, director of the University of California Observatories and a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will present “400 Years of the Telescope: from Galileo to the Thirty Meter Telescope.” He will discuss the Thirty Meter Telescope project, currently the most powerful telescope ever conceived of, which is designed to further advance our understanding of the cosmos.
Dr. David James
HULA with the new UHH 0.9-Meter Telescope
(November 19, 2009) In this lecture, Dr. David James, director of the new Hōkū Ke`a telescope and an assistant professor of astronomy at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, presents “Using the New 0.9-meter Hōkū Ke`a UHH Telescope to Promote Hawai‘i-based Undergraduate Leadership in Astronomy (HULA).” James presents an overview of plans for the telescope, which will be installed on the site of the old UH 0.6-meter observatory on Mauna Kea.
Dr. Paul Ho
Whispers from the Universe: Studying the Heavens with the Submillimeter Array
(October 15, 2009) In this lecture, Dr. Paul Ho, former project scientist for the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory’s Submillimeter Array, presents, “Whispers from the Universe: Studying the Heavens with the Submillimeter Array.” Ho describes how the eight-panel array works probes very low temperature radiation, which characterizes the bulk of the Universe, and how, from these faint signals, astronomers can study the stuff between the stars.
Dr. Masa Hyashi
A Dialogue about Astronomy and Subaru Discoveries
(September 17, 2009) In this lecture, Dr. Masa Hyashi, Director of the Subaru Telescope, presents “A Dialogue about Astronomy and Subaru Discoveries”. Rather than a lecture, Dr. Hayashi will conduct an informal “dialogue,” in which he will discuss a broad range of astronomy questions asked by a member his staff, in the tradition of Galileo’s famous book Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems.
Dr. Taft Armandroff
The Lifecycle of Discovery at Keck Observatory
(August 13, 2009) In this lecture, Dr. Taft Armandroff, Director the W. M. Keck Observatory, presents “The Lifecycle of Discovery at Keck Observatory”. Listen as Dr. Armandroff explains the process of applying for, receiving, and using Keck telescope time to make some of the most outstanding astronomy discoveries of our time.
Dr. Gary Davis
A Tale of Two Telescopes: Astronomy with Invisible Light
(July 16, 2009) Dr. Gary Davis, Director of the Joint Astronomy Centre, presents “A Tale of Two Telescopes: Astronomy with Invisible Light.” Dr. Davis discusses observing the stars using infrared and submillimeter wavelengths. He explains why researchers do this type of astronomy, why they came to Mauna Kea to do it, and the significance of astronomy as a valuable approach to understanding our world in a cosmic context.
Dr. Doug Simons
From Galileo to Gemini
(April 16, 2009) Dr. Doug Simons, Director of the Frederick C. Gillett Gemini North telescope, presents “From Galileo to Gemini” as the fifth lecture of the 2009 Maunakea Lecture Series. Listen as Dr. Simons takes his audience back 400 years to when Galileo first used two small pieces of glass to observe the heavens. The Gemini North director then describes how those two small pieces of glass have evolved into the powerful instruments atop Mauna Kea that have led to the greatest astronomy discoveries ever made.
Dr. Alan Tokunaga
Small Telescopes and Large Telescopes
(March 19, 2009) Hear Dr. Alan Tokunaga, director of the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility present “Small Telescopes and Large Telescopes”. This lecture, the fourth in the 2009 Maunakea Lecture Series, explores the development of telescope aperture from Galileo’s time to the present and explains the limits to the growth of this important feature of the telescope.
Dr. Christian Veillet
Astronomy with Aloha
(February 26, 2009) Listen as Dr. Christian Veillet executive director of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) presents “Astronomy with Aloha”, the second talk in the 2009 Maunakea Lecture Series. Dr. Veillet discusses how humanity has advanced and hindered astronomy through technological development and urban expansion, what the CFHT Observatory has achieved over the past 30 years and how work on the Big Island of Hawaii has contributed to our understanding of the cosmos.
Chad Kalepa Baybayan
Traditional Hawaiian Navigation and Sky Lore
(January 15, 2009) Navigator-in-Residence at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai’i Chad Kalepa Baybayan presents “Traditional Hawaiian Navigation and Sky Lore”, the first talk in the 2009 Maunakea Lecture Series. Learn how the earliest star-gazers, the Hawaiians, used their powers of observation and knowledge of the movement of the stars, as well as understanding of ocean and environmental conditions, for navigation and wayfinding.
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