Message from Lisa Wells:
CFHT Community Outreach
Recent Past Events
July - August, 2014: This year marks CFHT's 35th anniversary, and the Thelma Parker Library asked us to set up a display in their entrance. We hope you were able to stop by the library to take a look at the milestones of the Observatory and the video.
November 8, 2014: CFHT and Keck Observatories will sponsor the Solar System Walk from 10am - 2pm which will start at the headquarters of Keck and end at the headquarters of CFHT down the main street in Waimea. The first 200 students completing the walk and obtaining a stamp from each booth will receive a free keiki ticket for the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo, so get there early. There will be food and refreshments at the end of the walk.
November 20, 2014: The Girls Exploring Math and Science (GEMS) workshop for 5th grade girls will be 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.i There will be exhibits and workshops to introduce girls to occupations which use math, science and technology. Click on the site below to learn more. Registration has already closed for the event however, contact information is on their website.
December 6, 2014: CFHT will be having its annual Star Party on the front lawn of our headquarters in Waimea starting right after the Christmas Parade down the main street. We will have exhibits inside, Ask an Astronomer, and viewing of the remote observing room during nightime observations. We will have telescopes set up on the front lawn for astronomical viewing, weather permitting. Come by and spend time with us while the traffic in town clears and enjoy some coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies.
January 24, 2015: The Ellison Onizuka Day will be held on the campus of UH Hilo from 8am to 3:15pm. Students from grades 4-12 wishing to participate must register online for this event. CFHT will have a booth so stop by and check us out. There is no registration fee. Go to the website below to learn more. This site will be updated in December with more details of the upcoming event.
CFHT celebrated its 35th Anniversary this year. The staff had a gathering for its employees, past and present with an array of food from Canada, France, and Hawaii. The children had a jumping castle and the staff played softball after the lunch. Click on a picture below to enlarge. A
CFHT has hired a full time Outreach coordinator. We welcome back Mary Beth Laychak who is now the contact for teachers on the Big Island who wish to have classroom visits, arrange a tour of our facilities, or find good resources to use in their classroom. She will be establishing a CFHT Outreach forum for those who wish to be connected in the coming months.
2015: International Year of Light
The year 2015 has been declared the International Year of Light. Here is a website that will highlight various events around the world. It also contains many resources for use by students and teachers. Keep an eye on the news section and watch some of the intriguing videos that have been produced by various institutions and companies. Perhaps you might come up with your own event. In the meantime, don't forget to come to our star party on Dec 6th.
When Galaxies Collide
As you may already know, our own Milky Way galaxy is on a collision course with its nearest companion galaxy, Andromeda. This site shows what we might see as the Andromeda galaxy gets closer to us if we lived for another 8 billion years. The CBS video is a view from a distance as Andromeda and the Milky Way collide.
Rosetta Mission - Comet Rendezvous
The Rosetta mission has made its rendezvous with a comet and now in orbit, it will send the Philae lander to touch down on the comet on November 12th. For the first time we will have a close up view of the surface of a comet. Are they really dirty snowballs? The countdown is underway on their homepage.
Mars Atmosphere & Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) Mission
The MAVEN mission is the first probe sent to collect information and study the Martian upper atmosphere. It will orbit Mars to help scientists understand the structure of the atmosphere and how it interacts with the solar wind. With the recent encounter of Mars with the comet Siding Springs on Oct. 19th, there may be some facinating pictures of a comet appearing soon on their webpage.
PBS Learning Media
Ordinarily we would not highlight a site like this without investigating it further, however, given the quality of the educational shows on PBS, this site could be potentially useful for teachers. At the bottom of the page are two links in particular. One link has productivity tools for teachers which may be quite useful. Also there is a link to enter their sweepstakes to win Samsung Galaxy tablets for the classroom. Good luck! (We will let you be the judge and hope that you will send us feedback on this site and its usefulness.)
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!