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Designing a Field Trip

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Kanta Proma

on 3 June 2016

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Transcript of Designing a Field Trip

What is it?
Some of the largest telescopes on Earth stand on the summit of Mauna Kea, the 13,800-foot volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. These instruments—about eight stories tall and weighing 300 tons each—have allowed researchers to pursue the most vexing of the universe’s questions: How do solar systems form? How fast is the universe expanding? What is its fate?

With the successful launch of the W. M. Keck Observatory Volunteer Program, we the visitors of the Island of Hawai’i will first visit W. M. Keck Observatory Headquarters in Waimea.

Their volunteers are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. who will be talking to us about Keck and the other Mauna Kea observatories. We will be able to view models and images of the twin 10-meter Keck telescopes as well as hear about their latest discoveries and outreach programs. They also sell KeckWear merchandise, including DVDs and books about the Observatory.

Their volunteers will be our tour guides for the entire time.

From the summit of Hawaii’s dormant Mauna Kea volcano, astronomers at the W. M. Keck Observatory probe the local and distant Universe with unprecedented power and precision.
Waves and Sound -> Keck Observatory’s legacy of exploration has contributed to all areas of astronomy and astrophysics -- the discovery of exoplanets; the study of how planets, stars and galaxies form; the nature of black holes; and the chemical composition and evolution of the Universe. This includes the doppler effect as well.

Electricity and Magnetism -> Volunteers will be talking about how the Keck telescopes were made, how it works and about specialized parts that are used for the telescopes like adaptive optics.

Total Cost

Visitors age 16 and older can tour the site at a fee of $192 (cost per student). Even so this trip is best for Grade 8 to 12. The tours last a marathon eight hours and include transportation, dinner, hot drinks and hooded parkas—which few tourists ever even think of packing along to Hawaii.

WARNING: The high altitude of the site can pose pressure-related health hazards, and SCUBA divers should not visit the Keck Observatory shortly after any significant time spent underwater.
Arrangements & Itinerary
First Day
We will be meeting 3 hours earlier before the departure of the plane.
First we will take the subway and get off at Kipling (the last stop)
Then we will be taking Bus 192 and get off at the Toronto Pearson Airport
We will be checked in (through visas etc.)
There are many flights that will take us there but we will be taking one of the two flights which goes to Hawaii directly from Canada. Air Canada flights or WestJet flights. Probably WestJet flight which costs $745 per person.
The flight will depart at 7:45 am and will arrive at 8:24 pm
After the long flight, we will be staying in a 3-star hotel that is right near the airport that we will arrive to on the Big Island Of Hawaii. Cost $190/night per each person.

The next day
We will take Hele On bus (East Hawai’i Routes) Hilo-Kailua Kona and get off at 65-1120 Mamalahoa Hwy in the town of Waimea where the headquarter is located.
After we reach headquarters, each class will be with their own tour guide with their own teachers. 4 in total.
W. M. Keck Observatory
Designing a Field Trip
This telescope—one of two on top of Mauna Kea—is used to observe far and mysterious corners of the universe. Here, the sun sets on a Hawaiian mountaintop protruding from a layer of cloud. Public tours of the site last into the night. Photo by Laurie Hatch.

Their instruments are the twin Keck telescopes—the world’s largest optical and infrared telescopes. Each telescope stands eight stories tall, weighs 300 tons and operates with nanometer precision. The telescope's primary mirrors are 10 meters in diameter and are each composed of 36 hexagonal segments that work in concert as a single piece of reflective glass.
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