The EAO (East Asian Observatory) is formed by EACOA (East Asian Core Observatories Association) for the purpose of pursuing joint projects in astronomy within the East Asian region. In the era of very large scale astronomical instruments, East Asia will be competitive internationally by combining their funding resources, their technical expertise, and their manpower. The intention of EAO is to build and operate facilities, which will enhance and leverage existing and planned regional facilities. The intention of EAO is to raise funding and to build an observatory staff, separate from that of the EACOA institutions. As partners of the EAO, the EACOA institutes will help to establish the funding and to oversee the governance of EAO. The communities represented by the partners in EAO would have full access to all EAO facilities.
The Akamai Internship Program offers college students an opportunity to gain a summer work experience at an observatory, company or scientific/technical facility in Hawai‘i for a total of an 8-week program. The program has placements for students from community colleges and four-year universities from a wide range of majors. Recent graduates are also eligible.
The Canada France Hawaii Telescope Corporation hosts a world-class, 3.6 meter optical/infrared telescope atop Mauna Kea on the island of Hawai‘i. We are at the forefront of astronomical research, operating state of the art CCD and infrared mosaic cameras and echelle spectrometers, and are currently undertaking extensive scientific instrument and facility development projects.
The Gemini Observatory consists of twin 8.1-meter diameter optical/infrared telescopes located on two of the best observing sites on the planet. From their locations on mountains in Hawai‘i and Chile, Gemini Observatory’s telescopes can collectively access the entire sky.
The Huiana Internship Program focuses on Hawaii Island youth as the labor force of the future. With the strategy to develop the workplace skills of our island high school students, the internship program places high school students in 60-hour internships that are tied to their career pathway interests.
'Imiloa's mission is to honor Maunakea by sharing Hawaiian culture and science to inspire exploration. The ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center is a gathering place that advances the integration of science and indigenous culture through diverse exhibits, programs and events featuring leading technologies, environmental resources, and cultural practitioners.
The IRTF is a 3.0 meter telescope, optimized for infrared observations, operated and managed for NASA by the University of Hawai`i Institute for Astronomy. Observing time is open to the entire astronomical community, and 50% of the IRTF observing time is reserved for studies of solar system objects.
The W. M. Keck Observatory operates two 10-meter optical/infrared telescopes on the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. The twin telescopes feature a suite of advanced instruments including imagers, multi-object spectrographs, high-resolution spectrographs, integral-field spectroscopy and a world-leading laser guide star adaptive optics system which cancels out much of the interference caused by Earth’s turbulent atmosphere. The Observatory is a private 501(c) 3 non-profit organization and a scientific partnership of the California Institute of Technology, the University of California and NASA.
Maunakea Observatories Support Services (MKSS) provides operational and logistical support for shared services to all observatories and the facilities at Halepohaku. MKSS operates the Visitor Information Station at the 9300 ft. elevation, provides free stargazing, Hawaiian cultural and scientific programs to the public. MKSS supports the ranger services under the direction of the Office of Maunakea Management.
The Submillimeter Array (SMA) is an 8 element radio interferometer. SMA explores the universe by observing millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths invisible to the human eye. SMA is a joint project of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics.
The Subaru telescope on Mauna Kea is Japan's premier optical-infrared telescope operated by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. The telescope is one of the world's largest and most technologically advanced telescopes with an effective aperture of 8.2 m. Through the open use program astronomers throughout the world have access to Subaru's excellent image quality.
The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project has been established to design, build and eventually operate an Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) with a primary mirror diameter of 30 meters. ELT’s will be the successors of the present day 8-10 meter world class telescopes. When complete the TMT will be the largest ground based optical/infrared telescope in the world providing the capability to study exciting astronomical problems from the nature of extra-solar planets to the first stars in the universe. An international collaboration consisting of the University of California, the California Institute of Technology, Canada, Japan, India and China has been formed to deliver this exciting project.
The TMT project office is located in Pasadena, CA, USA. The design and build of the various telescope systems will be distributed amongst the TMT partner institutions, collaborators, industry, and the Project Office.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at UH Hilo is currently implementing a professional, state-of-the-art 0.7 meter astronomical observatory for its undergraduate program. The telescope will be used to train students in research, observatory operations, instrumentation and outreach.
The Institute for Astronomy is one of the world's leading astronomical research centers. Its broad-based program includes studies of the Sun, planets, and stars, as well as interstellar matter, galaxies, and cosmology. IFA operates the University of Hawaii 2.2-meter telescope atop Mauna Kea.
The VLBA is a system of ten radio-telescope antennas,each with a dish 25 meters (82 feet) in diameter and weighing 240 tons. From Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the VLBA spans more than 5,000 miles, providing astronomers with the sharpest vision of any telescope on Earth or in space.