“Cosmic Dawn and the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT)” will be the topic at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center’s next Mauna Kea Skies program at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17.
Join Professor Michael Bolte of the University of California at Santa Cruz as he takes a glimpse of the nature of the first stars.
Over the last 30 years, astronomers have mapped out much of the history of the universe. But the era of “First Starlight” and the initial formation of galaxies are not yet understood.
“The state of knowledge in this area will be reviewed and the contributions to resolving the open questions that it is anticipated the TMT will make will be discussed,” said ‘Imiloa spokesman Vinnie Recinto.
Bolte is an astronomer at UC-Santa Cruz, director emeritus of the University of California Observatories and a member of the board of directors for the Thirty-Meter Telescope Project.
His research specialty is using measurements of the abundances of the chemical elements in the oldest stars to infer the early history of the galaxy and universe.
Mauna Kea Skies will be hosted by Peter Michaud of Gemini. He will provide observational highlights of the current night sky over Hawaii, pointing out prominent constellations and stars one can see during this time of year. The monthly planetarium presentations are held on the third Saturday. Cost is $8, with member discounts. Visit www.imiloahawaii.org.