Galaxy Forums 2019

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Galaxy Forum Hawai’i 2019: Kamuela — Wednesday 30 October

The third Galaxy Forum on Hawai’i Island in 2019, Galaxy Forum Kamuela was well-received by an audience of ~40 local and international participants.

Doug Simons, Director of CFHT, gave a presentation on exciting new tech for CFHT:

Wendy Laros, Executive Director of Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, spoke about its community members and interconnected local issues:

Steve Durst, Director of ILOA, discussed the New Frontier of Astronomy for Hawaii and the ILOA HQ campaign:

While Jacqui Hoover was unable to join us, we had an enjoyable and educational presentation by Nadine Manset, Resident Astronomer & QSO Manager of CFHT, who spoke about Mauna Kea Observatories outreach and programs:


Galaxy Forum USA 2019: Scarsdale — Friday 11 October

“The Event Horizon Telescope and Imaging of Black Hole M87”

Scarsdale High School (SHS) Science Department Chair Nicole Pisano is again helping to coordinate the 9th Annual Galaxy Forum with featured speaker astrophysicist Christina Lacey for SHS students on the topic of the first ever image of black hole M87

Dr. Lacey’s stellar lecture was presented to 2 groups (150+) of interested SHS students:

And the Galaxy Forum 100-Year Plaque had Dr. Lacey’s name added as the 2019 presenter for the occasion:

SHS Head of Science Dept. Nicole Pisano, Dr. Christina Lacey, and SHS Alumn / Galaxy Forum Director Steve Durst in front of the SHS Galaxy Forum 100-Year Plaque

Galaxy Forum Canada 2019: Vancouver area — Saturday 7 September (14:30-16:00) @ Simon Fraser University, Saywell Hall


Galaxy Forum Kansas 2019: Hutchinson — Saturday 24 August (13:00-15:00) @ Cosmosphere

Galaxy Forum Hawai’i 2019: Hilo — Saturday 17 August (10:00am – 12:00pm) @ ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center

Galaxy Forum Hawaii 2019: Hilo was held at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo. At least 40 attendees gathered to learn about the latest technology and scientific advances at our Island’s observatories and hear insights from civic leaders and cultural practitioners.

ILOA presentation by Steve Durst:

Institute for Astronomy presentation by Mark Chun:

PISCES presentation by Kyla Edison:

Image contributed by David De Luz of Rotary Club of Hilo Bay explaining how he sees the wheel of education and business in our community functioning through astronomy and various organizations; and blog post created by Junichi Noumaru:

Article supporting Astronomy in Hawai’i by Miles Yoshioka:

Click the image watch the (c) Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce video “Celebrating 50 Years on Astronomy on Mauna Kea”:

Galaxy Forum USA 2019: Silicon Valley — 4 July (09:30-11:30) @ Embassy Suites Santa Clara

ILOA Galaxy Forum USA 2019: Silicon Valley, held July 4 2019
(eve of the 43rd anniversary of the founding of Space Age Publishing) was an outstanding gathering with 40+ attendees. With the theme ‘The 7th and 8th Continents: Antarctica, The Moon and Beyond’, presentations where given by:

Michelle Hanlon of For All Moonkind

Dr. Chris Mckay of NASA Ames

Steve Durst of SPC


Edward Young of Kavli Institute




Galaxy Forum Korea 2019: Busan — 13 April (14:00-18:00) @ Busan National Science Museum (BNSM)

Please see other announcements at:

* Program:
Part I: Astronomy from the Moon: 14:00 – 15:10  (70 min)
session chair: Dr. Byeong-Gon Park
Prof. Sungsoo Kim (Kyung Hee University): “The Moon as the next New World”
Dr. Young-Jun Choi (KASI)
▶ Q&A, Panel discussion 20 min

Part II: Astronomy from the Moon: 15:20 – 16:50  (90 min)
session chair: Dr. Young-Jun Choi
▶ ​Dr. Eunhyeuk Kim (KARI): ​”Space Exploration of Korea: Moon and Beyond”
Director Steve Durst (ILOA): “Astronomy from the Moon: Galaxy First Light Imaging, Earth Observation”
Dr. Soyeon Yi (Korea 1st Astronaut)
▶ Q&A, Panel discussion 20 min

Part III: Astronomy in Korea: 17:00 – 18:00 (60 min)
session chair: Prof. Sungsoo Kim
Dr. Hong-Jin Yang (KASI): “History of Korean Astronomy”
Dr. Byeong-Gon Park (KASI, vice-chair of IAUGA2021 NOC): “Hosting 31st General Assembly of the IAU”
▶ Q&A, Panel discussion, 15 min

Steve Durst and Yuki Takahashi Joint ILOA Presentation:

Dr. Hong-Jin Yang (KASI): “History of Korean Astronomy”

Dr. Byeong-Gon Park (KASI, vice-chair of IAUGA2021 NOC): “Hosting 31st General Assembly of the IAU”

Prof. Sungsoo Kim (Kyung Hee University): “The Moon as the next New World”

Galaxy Forum Hawaii 2019: Kona — 29 March (15:30 – 17:30) @ Hawaiʻi Community College, Pālamanui, Kailua-Kona


The first ILOA Galaxy Forum of 2019 was held at the Hawai’i Community College Pālamanui Campus in Kailua-Kona. Over 40 participants made this a lively and energetic community gathering, with presentations on Local, Lunar, Galaxy and Star matters.


CFHT Director Doug Simons presents on CFHT / Maunakea Observatories Education Outreach Programs:


Kyla Edison shares 2019 STARS STEM program from PISCES:


ILOA Director Steve Durst updates on ILOA 4 Moon Missions, Astronomy from the Moon, and ILOA HQ:


Louise Riofrio talks on the Speed of Light:


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