JCMT Telescope System Specialist Mimi Fuchs is on the front page of the Hawaii Tribune-Herald today showcasing her appearance in an episode of “Mission Unstoppable” on CBS. As well as being an operator at the JCMT Mimi is an IF/THEN Ambassador for the AAAS – The American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Read the full Hawaii Tribune-Herald article here.
Watch the “Mission Unstoppable” segment here.
On Saturday, March 7th, 2020, the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo, Hawai’i hosted 70 visitors for a special overnight event. As part of the “Stellar Night at the Museum”, the Cub Scouts and their family members were treated to a unique visit at the East Asian Observatory base facility.
An article was released in the local Hawaii Tribune Herald newspaper about the event, and can be read here:
In response to the interruption of hands-on science education and outreach during the COVID-19 crisis, the Maunakea Observatories (MKO) have unveiled a distance learning program, MKO@Home online. The virtual project consists of short weekly videos that feature astronomy related activities, demonstrations and interviews.
“The Maunakea Observatories recognize the severe educational difficulties that COVID-19 is creating for the community, and we are doing as much as we can to address this challenge. We are rallying all of our outreach resources and will be presenting as much content as possible during this unprecedented crisis,” said Bob McLaren, University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy interim director.
- Related UH News story:
- ʻImiloa Astronomy Center launches program for families, April 5, 2020
- Maunakea Observatories limit operations in response to COVID-19, March 27, 2020
MKO@Home videos featuring scientists and educators are designed to allow K–12 students and families to explore the universe from home.
Content for the pilot program ranges from lessons on the night sky, to Pōwehi, the now-famous supermassive black hole. The cosmic wonder was given a name in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi or Hawaiian language by UH Hilo professor Larry Kimura. The name recognizes the instrumental role that observatories on Maunakea played in the worldwide effort to capture an image of a black hole for the first time in history.
April 6–10, MKO@Home will celebrate Black Hole Week and feature demonstrations by Maunakea astronomers about the mysterious objects.
MKO@Home videos are uploaded three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.