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Stories from the Submillimeter Sky at Next ‘Imiloa Talk

September 10, 2017, 9:00 AM HST (Updated September 10, 2017, 9:35 AM) · 0 Comments
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Do you know the difference between submillimeter and optical telescopes, and what submillimeter instruments can tell us about the universe? Find out at the next Maunakea Skies talk at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center on Friday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m.

Miriam Fuchs, telescope operator and outreach specialist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatoryʻs Submillimeter Array (SMA) on Maunakea will discuss the exciting study of submillimeter wavelengths that promises to address some of the most sought-after questions in astrophysics.

The SMA is an eight-element interferometer telescope designed to observe some of the oldest, most distant light in the universe. Fuchs will share stories of the technological innovations that have paved the way for submillimeter astronomy and exciting discoveries made at SMA.

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Also known as “Aunty Mimi,” Fuchs enjoys presenting dynamic live science shows for children at local libraries, schools, festivals and events on Hawai‘i Island. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Astrophysics from Haverford College in Pennsylvania, and worked as a science educator at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science in Durham. She has worked at SMA since April 2016.

‘Imiloa’s Maunakea Skies presentations are held every third Friday of the month. General admission is $10 and $8 for members (member level discounts apply). Pre-purchase tickets at the front desk, or by phone at (808) 932-8901.

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