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Journey Through the Universe Science Day

Location: 'Imiloa Astronomy Center

MARCH 10, 2013
All presentations are free and open to the public.

9:30am Olivier Guyon, Subaru Telescope
“The Questfor Alien Worlds”
Are we alone in the Universe? If there are other planets with life on them, what are those planets like? Dr. Olivier Guyon from the Subaru Telescope will discuss these questions
and how astronomers are answering them.

10:30am Matt Benjamin, NASA Lunar Science Institute
MAX GOES TO THE MOON planetarium show

11:30am Brian Day, NASA Lunar Science Institute
“Exploring the Moon with NASA”
Find out how students and the general public can become direct participants in current NASA lunar missions that are dramatically changing our understanding of the Moon. No special background, or equipment is required. Volunteers from grade school to retirement homes are now making important observations contributing to the science of lunar
exploration.Learn how you can join in the adventure!

12:30pm Gordon Squires, California Institute of Technology
“Weird Universe”
Dr. Gordon K. Squires, an astronomer with the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project, will describe his favorite weird and strange things about the universe. How are anemia and exploding stars related? Why might aliens (if they exist) not like people with cold noses? Why is water weird? Why are there planets everywhere? How does a dying star create new suns? This talk will be a voyage and exploration through the "Hidden and Strange Universe". We will also discuss how the next-generation telescopes, including TMT, will
change our view of the Universe, and uncover even stranger things than we can imagine

1:30 Scott Fisher, University of Oregon
“What’s up? – Pictures and Stories About New Discoveries in Astronomy”
Dr. Scott Fisher, a professor at the University of Oregon that worked as an astronomer at the Gemini Observatory for many years, will return to Hilo to give a talk about exciting new astronomical discoveries. From new planets orbiting other stars to supernovae exploding on the other side of the Universe, Dr. Fisher will explain these new discoveries in a presentation that is full of great new photos and videos. All of this presentation will be made at a level that is appropriate for all ages and for all levels of astronomy
knowledge. Dr. Fisher will also host a game of “Stump the Astronomer” where audience
members get to ask questions about the discoveries discussed in the talk – or about any
astronomy related topic!

Journey Keynote address in Moanahoku Hall.
Title: Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Present, and Inspiring the Future
We live in a moment in time. It’s the place where the accomplishments of those that came before us meet up with what will be undertaken by future generations. It’s a great place to be, especially if you’re part of the future generation. By learning about the past both in
terms of what we know and how we’ve come to know it, and talking to those that
work on the frontiers right now, you can choose to shape the future. It’s pretty
powerful stuff. You are the link between the past and the future.

For more information, contact: 808-969-9703

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