Witnessing the Birth of Stars at Imiloa

June 13, 2014, 9:35 AM HST
* Updated September 8, 6:45 PM
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“Peering Into the Darkness with the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope: Witnessing the Birth of Stars,” will be the focus of Doug Johnstone’s talk at 7 p.m. Friday, June 20, in the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center‘s planetarium.

Johnstone, associate director of the JCMT, will shed light on the mystery of the birth of stars in the universe, exploring the work of astronomers who use infrared and radio telescopes to peer through the murky puddles of gas and dust in galaxies to witness the birth of stars.

The JCMT is a 15-meter telescope on Maunakea devoted to observations of the sky at sub-millimeter wavelengths. Johnstone’s main research interests follow the formation of stars and planetary systems.

JCMT has been leading investigations to uncover the formation of stars in the Galaxy for more than 25 years. The studies have “transformed our understanding of stellar birth,” said an Astronomy Center release.

The Maunakea Skies program will be hosted by Chris Phillips, who will provide observational highlights of the current night sky over Hawai‘i, pointing out prominent constellations and stars that are visible during this time of year.


The monthly Maunakea Skies planetarium presentations are held on the third Friday of each month. Cost is $10; discounts apply to members. Call 969-9703.

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