Speaker Series: Hawaiian Nights

Event Date: 
Friday, August 28, 2020 - 19:00 to 20:30 EDT

Hawaiian Nights: A Personal Journey from Vancouver Island to Maunakea

Cam Wipper, telescope operator and scientific observer at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope

Growing up in Nanaimo, Cam never imagined he would be spend nearly a decade (and counting) living in Hawai’i and working on Maunakea, the best place on Earth for astronomical observations.

In his talk, Cam will tell the story of how he found himself on Maunakea, from his days as a student at Vancouver Island University, to his first night up on the summit of Maunakea, nearly 14.000 feet (4200m) above sea level. This will include a brief history of astronomy in Hawaii, as well as an exploration of how a modern astronomical observatory conducts scientific observations. All will be told from the perspective of a telescope operator and scientific observer; a position Cam has held at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope since 2015.

Register for this talk here!