PRESENTATION: Stories from the Submillimeter Sky, Sept. 15

Miriam Fuchs will share stories about the technological innovations that pave the way for submillimeter astronomy and the discoveries made by the Submillimeter Array on Maunakea.

Poster of the event with information that can be found in the text of this post.

SPEAKER: Miriam Fuchs, Telescope Operator and Outreach Specialist at the Submillimeter Array, Maunakea.
DATE: Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: ‘Imiloa Astonomy Center, campus of University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (campus map)

This talk is part of ‘Imiloa’s Maunakea Skies Speakers Series and will focus on studying the universe in submillimeter wavelengths. This relatively unexplored region of the electromagnetic spectrum promises answers to some of the most pressing questions in astrophysics, such as, how planets and stars are formed.

Submillimeter Array
Submillimeter Array

The Submillimeter Array is an eight-element interferometer telescope located atop Maunakea. It is uniquely suited to observe cold interstellar material. This technology has helped astronomers make impressive strides towards deepening understanding about the formation of stars, planets and the earliest galaxies in the universe. Fuchs will share stories about the technological innovations that pave the way for submillimeter astronomy and the discoveries made by the SMA on Maunakea.


Known as “Aunty Mimi” around the island, Fuchs brings her passion for the universe to children through dynamic live science shows at local libraries, schools, festivals and events on Hawai‘i Island. After receiving her bachelor of science in astrophysics from Haverford College in Pennsylvania, she worked as a science educator at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science in Durham. She joined the SMA in April of 2016 and enjoys the variety of extensive studies on Maunakea as well as connecting with her island community through outreach visits.


Maunakea Skies presentations are held on the third Friday of each month. General admission tickets are $10, $8 for members (member level discounts apply). Pre-purchase tickets at ‘Imiloa’s front desk or by phone at 808-932-8901.

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center

The ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i is located on the campus of UH Hilo. Its centerpiece is a 12,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall, showcasing astronomy and Hawaiian culture as parallel journeys of human exploration guided by the light of the stars. The center also has a 3D full dome planetarium and nine acres of native landscape gardens. The center welcomes approximately 100,000 visitors each year, including 10,000+ schoolchildren on guided field trips and other educational programs.

‘Imiloa is located at 600 ‘Imiloa Place in Hilo, off of Komohana and Nowelo Streets at the UH Hilo Science and Technology Park. 808- 932-8901.


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