The best astronomical research in the world is happening on Maunakea. It is home to the most scientifically productive telescopes in the world, making Hawaii the international leader in astronomical science. If built on Maunakea, the Thirty Meter Telescope will provide unparalleled resolution with images more than about 10 times sharper than those from the Keck Observatory and Hubble Space Telescopes and enable new discoveries in essentially every field of astronomy and astrophysics.
Dr. Heather Kaluna is the assistant professor of astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, born and raised in Pahoa. After completing her BA in Mathematics and Physics at UH Hilo, she pursued her PhD at UH Manoa’s Institute for Astronomy. She then worked as a postdoctoral researcher after graduate school at the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology and got a position at UH Hilo where she can do research and teach astronomy and physics.Watch the full interview here