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“Mauna Kea: Gateway to the heavens, discoveries and the future” with Shawn Laatsch
September 26, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pmFree
Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island is home to 12 world-class international observatories who have been shaping astronomical knowledge over the last several decades. The site is ranked as the best in the world in terms of astronomical seeing and was among the first to use adaptive optics allowing for significant gains for ground-based observations. Take a look at some of the latest discoveries and a glimpse at the future of this key astronomical site.
Shawn Laatsch is the director of the Emera Astronomy Center and Jordan Planetarium and President of the International Planetarium Society, Inc. He has over 25 years of experience in planetariums, having directed facilities in Hawaii, Kentucky, and Maryland as well as managing the construction and installation of a number of facilities in the U.S. and abroad. He is responsible for all operations and management of the Emera Astronomy Center. In addition to regular planetarium shows and educational workshops, he has been an invited guest lecturer on astronomy and planetariums in Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Greece, Japan, New Zealand, and Russia. He has taught undergraduate astronomy courses at the University of Louisville, East Carolina University, and the University of Hawaii at Hilo using traditional and online methodologies. Shawn serves as President of the International Planetarium Society, Inc. the world’s largest organization of planetarium professionals and is a NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador.