Astronomer Mark Chun will discuss the qualities of Maunakea that make it the best site in the world for ground-based astronomy.
Astronomer Doug Simons: Anticipated discoveries in astronomy are about to shift humankind’s understanding of the universe and Earth’s place in it. Many of the discoveries will be linked to observations from Maunakea.
The public comments will help in the drafting the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed new land authorization.
Greg Chun will represent the university externally on all matters relating to Maunakea, including the many discussions of alternative models of management.
“Maunakea is the astonishing mountain that stands in the calm” is an ‘olele no‘eau or wise saying that expresses the sentiment that Maunakea is a source of awe and inspiration.
Astronomer Schelte “Bobby” Bus will share highlights from the NASA Dawn mission, paired with a discussion on ground-based observations like those at the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility on Maunakea.
The greenhouse will support restoration work such as planting native species in the Halepōhaku area.
The Office of Maunakea Management, part of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, will coordinate the decommissioning process.
After extensive temperature measurements and targeted geophysical surveys sponsored by the Office of Maunakea Management, the permafrost on Maunakea has been re-documented.
Ten astronomy students at UH Hilo went on a lab field trip to Maunakea where they practiced their astrophotography skills and captured spectacular photos of the night sky.