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Dark Nebula, Dwarf Galaxies and the Students who Explore Them: The Maunakea Scholars of Honokaʻa High School

Jul 19, 2018 7:00 PM

A presentation by Hokunani Sanchez & Keilani Steele of Honokaʻa High School and Mary Beth Laychak & Doug Simons of Canada-France-Hawaiʻi Telescope


The next scheduled program in the Maunakea Speaker Series will be held Thursday, July 19, 2018 at the ʻImiloa Astronomy Center Moanahoku Hall. This exciting free lecture is open to the public and starts at 7 pm.

The Maunakea Scholars program, led by Canada-France-Hawai'i Telescope (CFHT), is a partnership among the Maunakea Observatories, Hawai'i State Department of Education, and University of Hawai'i. This innovative program is designed to bring aspiring young astronomers into the observatory community by awarding observing time on world-class telescopes to Hawai'i high school students so they can pursue research of their own design and inspiration. 

The evening presentation will include two Maunakea Scholars from Honkaʻa High School, Hokunani Sanchez and Keilani Steele.  These two accomplished students will share the results of their 2017 research into dark nebula with Ms Steele delving into her second Maunakea Scholars project, observing the Draco Dwarf Galaxy with the W.M. Keck Observatory.  CFHT Director Doug Simons and outreach manager Mary Beth Laychak will round out the presentation with details about the past, present and future of this unique program.

Parking at ʻImiloa is available without charge.


About the Maunakea Speaker Series 

The Maunakea Speaker Series is a monthly scholar-focused presentation offered as a partnership among the Office of Maunakea Management, 'Imiloa Astronomy Center, and the University of Hawai'i at Hilo Department of Physics & Astronomy. This collaborative venture gives the community unprecedented access to fascinating research taking place on Maunakea and other topics unique to the Island of Hawai'i. A venue for scholars to share their stories and learn from discussion, the series promotes understanding and collaboration across all sectors of the community, while addressing the goals of the University of Hawai'i at Hilo.

For more information visit malamamaunakea.org or call 808-933-0734. 


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