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Hawai`i's Mauna Kea Observatories to lead off International Astronomy Webcast

Issued by:
Inge Heyer
Chair, Mauna Kea Observatories Outreach Committee
Tel: +1 808 969 6524

Images, and contact details appear below.

31 March 2009

Hawai`i's Mauna Kea Observatories to lead off International Astronomy Webcast

2009 is the International Year of Astronomy. Many public events are planned in 140 nations around the globe, one of which is "100 Hours of Astronomy," which will encourage the public to actively participate in astronomy by offering, among many events, a 24-hour live webcast from the control rooms of 80 professional observatories around the world.

The live webcast will start off at 11pm on 2 April in Hawai`i, with the Mauna Kea Observatories being the first to show the worldwide public a glimpse into the control room of a working observatory. All observatories will introduce themselves via a 5-minute video, followed by a 10-minute live conversation with the observers in the control room. During this time they will introduce a new image from each observatory that has not been publicly seen before.

Here are the scheduled times for the Mauna Kea Observatories. They will be followed by many others around the world.
Hawai`i Date   Hawai`i Time   Observatory
Apr 2 11:00pm Gemini Observatory
Apr 2 11:20pm Subaru Telescope, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
Apr 2 11:40pm United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT)
Apr 3 00:00am W.M. Keck Observatory
Apr 3 00:20am James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT)
Apr 3 00:40am Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT)
Apr 3 01:00am Smithsonian Submillimeter Array (SMA)
Apr 3 01:20am Caltech Submillimeter Observatory (CSO)

For more information on this event, and to view the webcast, please go to "Around the World in 80 Telescopes".

For more information on the outreach activities of the Mauna Kea Observatories, please go to the MKOOC Website.


Observers at the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) view and discuss data just obtained from the telescope. Credit: Joint Astronomy Centre.

An observer at the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) examines data just obtained from the telescope. Credit: Joint Astronomy Centre.

Instrument engineers at the W. M. Keck Observatory analyze data just taken from during light of one of the telescope's adaptive optics systems. Credit: WMKO.

The International Year of Astronomy 2009 logo.

Local Media Contacts

Please note that it is best to contact these individuals by email.
  • Inge Heyer, Science Outreach Specialist
    Joint Astronomy Centre (UKIRT, JCMT)
    Desk: +1 808 969 6524
  • Peter Michaud, Public Information Officer
    Gemini Observatory
    Desk: +1 808 974 2510
  • Saeko Hayashi, Public Information and Outreach Office
    Subaru Telescope, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
    Desk: +1 808 934 5947
  • Ashley Yeager, Public Information Officer
    W.M. Keck Observatory
    Desk: +1 808 881 3827
  • Mary Beth Laychak, Public Information Officer
    Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope
    Desk: +1 808 885-7944
  • Shelbi Hostler, Astrophysicist/Telescope Operator
    Smithsonian Submillimeter Array
    Desk: +1 808 961-2952
  • Hiroko Shinnaga, Staff Research Scientist
    Caltech Submillimeter Observatory
    Desk: +1 808 935-1909

Web Links

Around the World in 80 Telescopes - 100 Hours of Astronomy Live Webcast
Mauna Kea Observatories Outreach Committee
Joint Astronomy Centre (UKIRT and JCMT)
Gemini Observatory
Subaru Telescope, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
W.M. Keck Observatory
Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT)
Smithsonian Submillimeter Array (SMA)
Caltech Submillimeter Observatory (CSO)
This press release
Contact: JAC outreach. Updated: Tue Mar 31 19:07:45 HST 2009

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