Message from Lisa Wells:
CFHT Community Outreach
Recent Past Events
November 8, 2014: CFHT and Keck Observatories sponsored the Solar System Walk from 10am - 2pm which started at the headquarters of Keck and ended at the headquarters of CFHT down the main street in Waimea. The first 200 students completing the walk received a free keiki ticket for the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo. Fun and refreshments were enjoyed at the end of the walk also.
November 20, 2014: The Girls Exploring Math and Science (GEMS) workshop for 5th grade girls was held at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay from 7:45am - 2 pm. This event is hosted by the American Association of University Women every year with help from local businesses, organizations(including CFHT), and individuals. Click on the site below to learn more. Put this on your calendar for next year and return to this site for information on registration.
December 6, 2014: CFHT held its annual Star Party on the front lawn of our headquarters in Waimea starting right after the Christmas Parade down the main street. We had exhibits inside, Ask an Astronomer, and viewing of the remote observing room during nightime observations. We did not have great weather for viewing the night sky with telescopes. Still we had a great crowd and had a raffle for tickets to Imiloa Science Center in Hilo. The crowd enjoyed some coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies.
January 24, 2015: The Ellison Onizuka Day was held on the campus of UH Hilo from 8am to 3:15pm. Students from grades 4-12 participated by watching demonstrations, attending talks, and checking out all the booths. Go to the website below to learn more and mark this in your calendar for next year.
February 7, 2015: The Hawaii District Science and Engineering Fair was held at the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center on the UH Hilo campus. CFHT sent staff members to be judges for this event. The students who win here go on to the State Science and Engineering Fair on Oahu for a chance to go to the National Fair on the mainland.
February 18, 2015: CFHT hosted students from the Waimea Country School for a visit to our downtown facilities and a talk by our Outreach coordinator, Mary Beth Laychak.
February 19, 2015: There was a career exposition in Hilo which was attented by our Outreach coordinator. This was held at the Konpa Hongwanji Sangha Hall.
February 20, 2015: The director of CFHT, Doug Simons, gave a talk at the 'Imiloa Astronomy center in Hilo at 7pm. It was well attended.
February 21, 2015: The West Hawaii Science Fair was held at the Gateway Conference Building in Kona for the participating schools. CFHT scientists participated as judges for this event.
March 1, 2015: Scientists from CFHT participated in the 9th Birthday Celebration of the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo. Entry was free all day, and many observatories were representated at the event.
March 12, 2015: This was the date for judging of the Mauna Kea Coin contest entries. Staff members from CFHT were involved in the judging. The winner will be announced at the 2015 AstroDay in Hilo (see below).
March 3-6, 2015: Scientists from CFHT participated in the Journey Through the Universe program in schools in Hilo and Waimea.
March 13, 2015: There will be a free astronomy talk at the Kahilu Theater in Waimea at 7pm. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will present, "America's Space Program: NASA's Roadmap to Tomorrow's Missions".
May 2, 2015: AstroDay will be held in Hilo, at the Prince Kuhio Mall from 10am-4pm. There will be many exhibits, entertainment on the main stage and hands on activities for the keiki. This being the International Year of Light, there will be many opportunities for learning more about light, and optics. Stay tuned to this site for more details as May approaches.
Monster Black Holes
Here are several stories about newly found objects which at present defies our understanding of black holes in the center of galaxies.
Giving Shape to a Black Hole's Intense Winds
This site contains an artists conception of how the winds coming off a black hole accreting material might appear.
Black Hole Simulations
Here are two sites that have great graphics and explain many things going on around a Black Hole. Check them out. The first one shows the regions of light that we can detect around a black hole. The second one shows how light from behind a black hole behaves as it passes a strong gravitational singularity. Can you find a few places where an Einstein ring is formed?
Comet Survives Close Encounter
The previously unknown comet had a close pass by our sun and survived. The article tells a bit about the encounter but there is a link low in the article that shows the video of the close encounter and the other interesting things that were seen by the SOHO satellite.
Spacecraft Catch Solar Shockwave
Since James Van Allen discovered the radiation belts around the Earth, astronomers and Earth scientists have been studying them. Did you know that the Van Allen Probes were out there sending information back to us? Try doing a search to learn more about these spacecraft.
Upcoming Astronomical Events
All times listed above are HST unless otherwise indicated. The link below contains many calendars and includes a nice section on astronomical events. Check it out!