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Journey through the Universe 2019

Journey through the Universe (Journey) Week: March 2 – 9, 2019

Journey 2018 Overview

2018 Journey Press Coverage:

Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Please see Events tab for past Journey events in this year.

August 2018 – March 2019
StarLab Portable Planetarium Presentations for grades K-1 Hilo-Waiakea Complex

March 2, Saturday, 8am–12pm
NASA Lunar and Meteorite Sample Certification Workshop for teachers and educators in the Ka'u-Kea'au-Pahoa Complex Area.

March 4, Monday, 5pm–8pm
Hawaii Chamber of Commerce/Japanese Chamber of Commerce Journey Celebration.

March 5, Tuesday, 4pm–6pm
Journey Family Event with the Hawai’i Science Museum in the Hilo-Waiakea Complex Area.

March 6, Wednesday, 6:30pm–8pm
Free Public NASA Lecture at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo.

March 9, Saturday, 8am–12pm
NASA Lunar and Meteorite Sample Certification Workshop for teachers and educators at the Thelma Parker Library

March 4–8, Monday–Friday
Astronomy Educators in grades 2–12 classrooms Hawaii Island-wide

Links to previous years' Journey events:

2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006

Now in its 14th year, in 2018 over 70 observatory professionals and informal educators are extending their reach to districts across the Big Island. Journey Through the Universe includes:

  • Classroom visits for students in Hilo-Waiākea, Honokaʻa, Paʻauilo, and Waimea in grades 2-12
  • StarLab Portable Planetarium shows for Hilo-Waiākea students in Pre-K-1
  • Career Panels for Waiākea High School students with observatory professionals showcasing diverse career opportunities
  • NASA Lunar and Meteorite Sample Certification Workshop led by NASA SSERVI’s Brian Day and Joseph Minafra
  • Public colloquia titled, “Discovery, New Frontiers, and Solar System Exploration,” by NASA’s Brian Mitchell

In addition to the core programming in Hilo-Waiākea, Journey Through the Universe is returning to Hilo-Waiākea and Honokaʻa Schools this year, and will also add visit classrooms in Paʻauilo and Waimea this year. Additionally, Journey Through the Universe and the Ka‘ū-Kea‘au-Pāhoa (KKP) Complex Area are joining forces to support the introduction of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) through relevant interactive phenomena, and exposing 40 KKP Complex Area teachers to diverse observatory careers through a career panel.

“The Ka‘ū-Kea‘au-Pāhoa Complex Area is excited about partnering with the Journey Through the Universe program, and looks forward to our teachers and students participating in real-world experiences that can be used to make sense of Next Generation Science Standards,” said Chad Keone Farias, the Hawai‘i Department of Education (DOE) KKP Complex Area superintendent. “Furthermore, exposure to the various occupations within Gemini and other neighboring astronomy centers will help our students develop their future story - the idea that students can visualize and attain their maximum potential.”

The Journey Through the Universe program’s Astronomy Educator’s Reception, sponsored by the Hawai‘i Island Chamber of Commerce and Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hawai‘i, will feature program alumnus Devin Chu. Chu graduated from Hilo High School in 2010 and participated in the Journey Through the Universe program for six years. He went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree in astrophysics from Dartmouth and most recently received his Master’s degree in astronomy from UCLA this past May. He is currently a PhD candidate at UCLA, and his research involves studying the orbits of stars around the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.

“Being a part of the Journey Through the Universe program was very influential in developing my interest in physics and astronomy,” said Chu. “Seeing local people involved in the field of astronomy has motivated me to return to Hawai‘i Island as an astronomer.”

“The Journey Through the Universe program would not exist without the time, energy, and resources from our community partners including the Department of Education, Hawai‘i Island business community, Maunakea Observatories, NASA, and more,” said Janice Harvey, Journey Through the Universe program coordinator from the Gemini Public Information and Outreach department. “Their ongoing support is a testament to their commitment to our children’s futures.”

March 5, Monday, 5pm–8pm
Hawaii Chamber of Commerce/Japanese Chamber of Commerce Journey Celebration. Location Hilo Yacht Club
Registration flyer and fillable PDF

Poster for Plut Palooza EventMarch 6, Tuesday, 6pm-7:30pm
Pluto Palozza, UH Hilo Science and Technologies Bldg., Room STB 108

Pluto Palooza flyer

We are pleased to host NASAʻs Plutopalooza team for this yearʻs Journey Through the Universe Program! In July 2015, New Horizons reached dwarf-planet Pluto and captured incredible images, allowing us to study Pluto in stunning detail.

On Tuesday morning, the team will meet over 60 3rd graders at ʻImiloa Astronomy Center to explore Pluto and the features discovered by New Horizonʻs during its July 14, 2015 flyby.

That evening, we invite you to meet the team at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo for a free, public talk, where youʻll meet the men and women who captured Plutoʻs “heart” with amazing images, personal stories, and fascinating science!

Journey Workshops

March 2, Saturday, 8am–12pm
NASA Lunar and Meteorite Sample Certification Workshop for teachers and educators in the Ka'u-Kea'au-Pahoa Complex Area.

March 9, Saturday, 8am–12pm
NASA Lunar and Meteorite Sample Certification Workshop for teachers and educators at the Thelma Parker Library.

The Journey 2018 Science Team

See the Bios of the Astronomy/Science Educators

Alexis Acohido, Gemini Observatory
Christian Andersen, Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems
Virginia Aragon-Barnes, Thirty Meter Telescope
Christoph Baranec, UH Institute for Astronomy
Kerri Beisser, Johns Hopkins University APL
Tishanna Ben, National Solar Observatory
Hannah Blomgren, Gemini Observatory
Kelly Blumenthal, UH Institute for Astronomy
Alice Bowman, Johns Hopkins University APL
Veronica Bray, University of Arizona, LPL
Jerry Brower, Gemini Observatory
Marc Buie, Southwest Research Institute
André-Nicholas Chené, Gemini Observatory
Devin Chu, UCLA
Christopher Clergeon, Subaru Telescope
Kathy Cooksey, UH Hilo Physics & Astronomy
Sandra Dawson, Thirty Meter Telescope
Kyla Defore, PISCES
Tony Denault, NASA IRTF
Daniel Devost, Canada-France-Hawai`i Telescope
Jeff Donahue, Gemini Observatory
Xinnan Du, UCLA
Angelic Ebbers, Gemini Observatory
Jocelyn Ferrara, Gemini Observatory
Laura Ferrarese, Gemini Observatory
Scott Fisher, University of Oregon
Miriam Fuchs, Submillimeter Array
Tom Geballe, Gemini Observatory
Jeff Goldstein, NCESSE
Alyssa Grace, Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station
Olivier Guyon, Subaru Telescope
Geoffrey Haines-Stiles, Passport to Knowledge
John Hamilton, UH Hilo Physics & Astronomy
Janice Harvey, Gemini Observatory
Saeko Hayashi, NAOJ, Mitaka
Stephanie Henry, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Michael Hoenig, Gemini Observatory
Stewart Hunter, Mauna Kea Support Services
Russell Kackley, Subaru Telescope
Carolyn Kaichi, UH Institute for Astronomy
Yuko Kakazu, Subaru Telescope
Ji Hoon Kim, Subaru Telescope
Scot Kleinman, Gemini Observatory
Shintaro Koshida, Subaru Telescope
Sylvia Kowalski
Mary Beth Laychak, Canada-France-Hawai`i Telescope
Chien-Hsiu Lee, Subaru Telescope
Julien Lozi, Subaru Telescope
Nadine Manset, Canada-France-Hawai`i Telescope
Rich Matsuda, Keck Observatory
Callie Matulonis, James Clerk Maxwell Telescope
Tony Matulonis, NASA IRTF
Peter Michaud, Gemini Observatory
Joseph Minafra, SSERVI/NASA
Brian Mitchell, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Randy Monroe, Foothill Middle School, Walnut Creek, CA
Junichi Noumaru, Subaru Telescope
Emily Peavy, Imiloa Astronomy Center
Yvonne Pendleton, SSERVI/NASA
Andreea Petric, Canada-France-Hawai`i Telescope
Tae-Soo Pyo, Subaru Telescope
Bo Reipurth, UH Institute for Astronomy
Rodrigo Romo, Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems
Jasmin Silva, Gemini Observatory
Doug Simons, Canada-France-Hawai`i Telescope
Breann Sitarski, UCLA/TMT
Gordon Squires, Thirty Meter Telescope
Jessica Stasik, UH Institute for Astronomy
Marianne Takamiya, UH Hilo Physics & Astronomy
Matt Taylor, Gemini Observatory
Tomonori Usuda, TMT Japan
John Vierra, Gemini Observatory
Tom Winegar, Subaru Telescope
Siyi Xu, Gemini Observatory
Sherry Yeh, Keck Observatory
Michitoshi Yoshida, Subaru Telescope

Lead Local Team

  • Janice Harvey, Gemini Observatory
  • Christine Copes, Gemini Observatory
  • Peter Michaud, Gemini Observatory
  • Alexis Acohido, Gemini Observatory

Calling Ambassadors!

Ambassadors play a very important role in the Journey through the Universe program. Our ambassador team represents members of the community who choose to help inspire our youth and support unique educational opportunities in science education. Ambassadors help facilitate one day (or more) events as follows:

  • Make arrangements with assigned Astronomy Educator to meet or to carpool if appropriate
  • Assist the Astronomy/Science Educator with transport, setup and breakdown of classroom materials and/or AV equipment
  • Introduce the Astronomy/Science Educator to the class and help monitor their time to end on schedule
  • Distribute a Classroom Visit Assessment form to the teacher(s)

If you are interested in being an ambassador for one day (or more!) please contact Christine Copes, (974-2531) or Janice Harvey, (974-2603).

The Gemini Observatory and the Hawai'i Department of Education Hilo/Waiakea Complex would like to extend a sincere thank you to the observatories, organizations, and individuals for their generous support. The success of the Journey through the Universe program is largely dependent on their participation and we appreciate their invaluable contributions.

Community/Sponsors List in PDF

DOE Hilo/Waiakea Complex Area
Gemini Observatory
Bank of Hawai‘i
Basically Books
Big Island Toyota
Caltech Submillimeter Observatory
Canada-France-Hawai‘i Telescope
Carthage University
DeLuz Chevrolet
Franklin Institute Science Museum
Hawai‘i Community College
Hawai‘i Electric Light Company
Hawai‘i Island Chamber of Commerce
Hawai‘i Island Economic Development Board
Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium
Hawai‘i Tribune-Herald
IEI - Indigenous Education Institute
‘Imiloa Astronomy Center
James Clerk Maxwell Telescope
Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Joint Astronomy Centre
KTA Superstores
KWXX Radio Station
Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee
Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station
NASA Infrared Telescope Facility
NASA Lunar Science Institute
National Center for Earth & Space Science
National Optical Astronomy Observatory
National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Pacific Science Center
Project Astro/Family Astro
Purdue University
Rotary Club of Hilo Bay
Smithsonian Submillimeter Array
Subaru Telescope
Thirty Meter Telescope
UCO Lick Observatory
UH Hilo, College of Pharmacy
UH Hoku Ke‘a and 2.2 Meter Telescopes
UH Institute for Astronomy
United Kingdom Infrared Telescope
University of California - Berkeley
University of California - Los Angeles
University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
University of Hawai'i-Manoa
University of Oregon
W.M. Keck Observatory

Janice Harvey
Gemini Observatory
670 N. A`ohoku Place
Hilo, Hawai'i 96720
Phone: (808) 974-2603
Email: jharvey "at"

Christine Copes
Gemini Observatory
670 N. A`ohoku Place
Hilo, Hawai'i 96720
Phone: (808) 974-2531
Email: ccopes "at"

Alexis-Ann Acohido
Gemini Observatory
670 N. A`ohoku Place
Hilo, Hawai'i 96720
Phone: (808) 974-2528
Email: aacohido "at"