Q&A Presents: Maui Online! – Saturday, July 30th – Part 2

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All About HawaiiCon – Part 2 Long time listeners know of our enthusiasm for science and science fiction. Between this morning at the fundraiser for the Maui Science Center and Patricia Tallman from Quest Retreats, we’ve seen a lot of fandom. This week we’ll be wrapping that up with a special guest from Hawaiicon, the Big Island’s own Science and Sci-Fi Convention! Joining us by phone will be GB Hajim – Chief Executive Officer and Convention Chair of Hawaiicon, anxious to get its third year started this September! HawaiiCon has proven to be very different from other conventions, as it is smaller and more intimate, but just as fun and engaging. Tour alongside big science fiction names, panels and workshops not just about sci fi, but science as well, gaming and Magic, authors and actors and cosplayers and scientists and much more! Did you miss hour one? Click here!

Tuesday, March 8th: Family fun in Kihei with SCIENCE!

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Just a reminder that the Maui Science Center will be hosting the Maui Solar Eclipse Fair from 3pm-7pm at Kalama Park, Kihei, this Tuesday! The National Solar Observatory and the Maui Science Center invite you to come safely experience the beauty of the crescent Sun!  On March 8th the Moon will begin to move in front of the Sun at around 4:30 pm.  By 5:30 pm, ~60% of the Sun will be blocked by the Moon, creating a crescent shape Sun on Maui’s western horizon.  This is the best opportunity to see a partial solar eclipse from Maui this decade! Come join us in Kalama Park in Kihei (across from Foodland) for safe viewing and science fun for the whole family! Local astronomers will be on site with solar telescopes for an up close view of the eclipse.  Free eclipse glasses will also be available for viewing.  Maui Science Center is bringing the fun with science activities, exhibits, and crafts! Warning:  Please remember to NEVER look at the sun without specially designed eye protection.  Direct viewing of the Sun can cause permanent eye damage!

LIGO!

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Need more to read about gravitational waves? Did this Saturday’s show merely whet your appetite? Fear not! We have links for you! http://www.preposterousuniverse.com/blog/2016/02/11/gravitational-waves-at-last/ http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/gravitational-waves-exist-heres-how-scientists-finally-found-them?currentPage=all http://www.astronomy.com/news/2016/02/pan-starrs-chases-source-of-ligo-gravity-wave-event

Astronomical binge reading!

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Did today’s show leave you hungry for more starry stories and celestial tales? Do you have an appetite for things beyond the sight of the naked eye? When you look up, do you wish you could be doing it with the insights of the world’s astronomy community along with you?  Well, you’re in luck! http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/info/press-releases/alpha_centauri/ http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2015/10/14/weird_star_strange_dips_in_brightness_are_a_bit_baffling.html http://www.astronomy.com/news/2015/10/hubbles-planetary-portrait-captures-new-changes-in-jupiters-great-red-spot http://www.astronomy.com/news/2015/10/vla-reveals-spectacular-halos-of-spiral-galaxies http://phys.org/news/2015-10-robotic-laser-astronomy.html http://www.sci-news.com/astronomy/science-eso-coalsack-nebula-03338.html http://www.astronomy.com/news/2015/10/hubbles-planetary-portrait-captures-new-changes-in-jupiters-great-red-spot

Q&A Presents: Maui Online! – Saturday, October 17th – Part 1

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Astronomical Stuff with Dr. Armstrong! – Part 1 Since its activation in 2009, the Kepler Space Telescope has been scanning the cosmos in search of habitable worlds beyond our Solar System. Kepler observed the star KIC 8462852 for four years starting in 2009. Typically, orbiting planets only dim the light of their host star for a period of a few hours to a few days depending on their orbit. A group of citizen scientists noticed that this star appeared to have two small dips in 2009, followed by a large dip lasting almost a week in 2011, and finally a series of multiple dips significantly dimming the star’s light in 2013. Hmmm. That’s funny… The pattern of dips indicates that the star is orbited by a large, irregular-shaped mass. If it were orbiting a young star, this mass might be a protoplanetary disc, but KIC 8462852 is not a young star. We would also expect to see the presence of dust emitting infrared light, which hasn’t been observed. So what is this orbiting mass? We don’t know. But we have some ideas… ideas that may make you go Hmmmm… So join Jonathan, Sam, and L.D. along with special guest Dr. J.D. Armstrong from the Maui Institute for Astronomy as we ponder the possibilities…

Q&A Presents: Maui Online! – Saturday, October 17th – Part 2

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Astronomical Stuff with Dr. Armstrong! – Part 2 Since its activation in 2009, the Kepler Space Telescope has been scanning the cosmos in search of habitable worlds beyond our Solar System. Kepler observed the star KIC 8462852 for four years starting in 2009. Typically, orbiting planets only dim the light of their host star for a period of a few hours to a few days depending on their orbit. A group of citizen scientists noticed that this star appeared to have two small dips in 2009, followed by a large dip lasting almost a week in 2011, and finally a series of multiple dips significantly dimming the star’s light in 2013. Hmmm. That’s funny… The pattern of dips indicates that the star is orbited by a large, irregular-shaped mass. If it were orbiting a young star, this mass might be a protoplanetary disc, but KIC 8462852 is not a young star. We would also expect to see the presence of dust emitting infrared light, which hasn’t been observed. So what is this orbiting mass? We don’t know. But we have some ideas… ideas that may make you go Hmmmm… So join Jonathan, Sam, and L.D. along with special guest Dr. J.D. Armstrong from the Maui Institute for Astronomy as we ponder the possibilities…