Exceptional Molokai Students Received Telescope Time In the Inaugural Year.
March 16, 2017: For the first time ever, the Maunakea Observatories reached the students of Molokai in the biggest way possible, telescope time on the Maunakea Observatories. Executive director of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT), Doug Simons, Mary Beth Laychak, CFHT outreach manager, and UH Institute for Astronomy Maui astronomer JD Armstrong visited Molokai High School to award telescope time to three students.
“Our goal is to reach students on every island in Hawaii, which is why we were delighted when Molokai High School joined the program” said Laychak. “In their very first year the students submitted such strong proposals that our selection process was challenging.”
Mentored by JD Armstrong, the students spent months exploring cutting edge topics in astronomy before writing their proposals. Under his mentorship, they selected topics from black holes to cratering on the moon and the universe between. Three students were selected to receive observing time.
The Molokai Maunakea Scholars Award winners include:
- “Open Cluster HR Diagram” by Taye Mowat and Sunni Chow.Taye and Sunni will use the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope to determine the age of an open star cluster.
- “The Life Cycle of Sirius” by Skylar Kuahuia. Skylar will use Espadons at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope to study the life cycle of Sirius, one of the brightest stars in the sky.
These three students will work alongside Dr. Armstrong and the Maunakea Scholars team to conduct their research. We hope to see these students use their data to push the boundaries of what they think is possible.