Are We Alone – Aloha Astronomy

by Gary Niederhoff on October 19, 2010

From Mauna Kea in Hawaii, the view of the cosmos is spectacular. Giant black holes, distant galaxies, and extrasolar planets have all been uncovered by the massive telescopes that perch on this volcanic cone.

Join the astronomers who use the Keck Telescopes to peer at objects so far away, their light started out before Earth was born.

Also discover how the new Thirty Meter Telescope will dwarf even the massive glass eyes now in place, and why some of the world’s most important astronomical discoveries are being made in the Aloha State.

Plus, why the building of telescopes on the volcano is controversial to some native Hawaiians.

Listen to individual segments here:

Part 1: Charles Blue – The Thirty Meter Telescope.
Part 2: Julian Christou – Adaptive Optics.
Part 3: Ashley Yeager – A tour of the Keck Observatory
Part 4: Richard Ellis – Looking 10 billion years into the past.
Part 5: Taft Armandroff – Director of the Keck Observatory.
Part 6: Koa Rice – The depth of Hawaiian culture.
Part 7: Kyle Dawson – Measuring the distance to nearby supernovae.

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