Mauna Kea

courtesy of Shawn A. Laatsch

In Stargazer this week, hear about a number of planets are visible together in our island skies, plus about a discovery from the Mauna Kea summit relating to wind from another galaxy as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

 

     

J.B. Friday
J.B. Friday

The slopes of Mauna Kea shelter a variety of ecosystems that are as diverse as any in the Hawaiian Islands. The Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project is an effort to protect the precious forest environment and reverse the destructive trends of the past.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Office of Mauna Kea Management (OMKM)
Office of Mauna Kea Management (OMKM)

A large portion of the land mass of Hawaiʻi Island, is contained on the slopes of the tallest mountain in the world, Mauna Kea. The mountain is host to a variety of ecosystems, stretching from the coastal waters, to the arid aeolian desert of the summit area.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Thirty Meter Telescope Corp.
Thirty Meter Telescope Corp.

The future of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Hawai‘i Island’s Mauna Kea remains uncertain. Construction has been halted on the project since protests began last April. And in December, Hawaii's Supreme Court ruled the permit invalid, sending the matter back for a new contested case hearing.

For Stargazer this week, we have a nice line-up of morning time planets to look for and a return visit to dwarf planet Ceres where NASA is coming up with some incredible new photos. Hear the report with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips.  

Check out some of the new NASA images:

    

Alan L / Flickr
Alan L / Flickr

Hawai‘i residents will have a rare opportunity to visit the telescopes atop Mauna Kea.

The ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center will begin a series of tours beginning this Saturday to see the telescopes and learn about the cultural and environmental importance of the mountain. The Kama‘āina Visitor Experience is held on every third Saturday, and space is limited.  It’s offered on a first come, first served basis with only 24 seats available each month. 

Thirty Meter Telescope Corp.
Thirty Meter Telescope Corp.

The state’s highest court has revoked a permit for construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea. The Hawai‘i Supreme Court ruled that due process was violated when it approved the permit for the telescope before holding a contested case hearing. TMT may now have to go through the process again if they still want to construct the $1.4 billion telescope. 

courtesy of Shawn A. Laatsch

This week we have a variety of planets to look for in our island skies, and a development relating to space mining as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer.  

courtesy of Shawn A. Laatsch

This week on Stargazer, we have a new discovery from the Mauna Kea summit telescope community! It's a distant object at the far reaches of the solar system and we learn more as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer.  

courtesy of Shawn A. Laatsch

We’ve got planets to look for in our evening and early morning skies, plus we head back up to the Mauna Kea summit to learn about an observatory making history there… with the sun… as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer.

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