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Telescope operator to share insight during ‘Imiloa Maunakea Skies program

Astronomers look to the skies to probe the mysteries of the cosmos, but what can be learned when studying the universe in submillimeter wavelengths? This relatively unexplored region of the electromagnetic spectrum promises exciting answers to some of the most pressing questions in astrophysics, such as how are planets and stars formed?

Discover answers to these deep-space questions at 7 p.m. Friday during ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center’s Maunakea Skies talk with Miriam Fuchs, telescope operator and outreach specialist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory’s Submillimeter Array.

The SMA is an eight-element interferometer telescope located atop Mauna Kea and is uniquely suited to observe cold interstellar material. This extraordinary technology has helped astronomers make impressive strides toward deepening an understanding of how stars, planets and the earliest galaxies in the universe were formed. Fuchs will share stories of the technological innovations that pave the way for submillimeter astronomy and exciting discoveries made by the SMA on Mauna Kea.

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 Hawaii 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 2016 and enjoys the variety of extensive studies on Mauna Kea as well as connecting with her island community through outreach visits.

Maunakea Skies presentations take place 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 932-8901.

‘Imiloa is located at 600 ‘Imiloa Place at the University of Hawaii at Hilo Science and Technology Park. For more information, visit www.ImiloaHawaii.org.


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