Two Major Spiral Arms:
Four Minor Spiral Arms:
• Near 3 Kiloparsec Arm
• Far 3 Kiloparsec Arm
Earth is about 26,000 Light years
from center in the Orion Spur b/n
Sagittarius & Perseus arms
The Milky Way Galaxy
New York, USA
Cape Town, South Africa
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Silicon Valley, The Tech Museum
Imiloa, Onizuka, CFHT,
Cosmosphere, Ad Astra Kansas
NAOC, CNSA, CSA, SHAO,
JNP, BASE, ISRO,
ISU, UdS, CTU, Czech Acd. of Sciences,
Miraikan, NAOJ, JAXA
SHS, Hayden Planetarium
SAAO, ASSA, IAU-OAD
NUS, SCS, ANGKASA, ITB, NARIT
UC, ESO, ALMA, LPN, LNA, SpaceMETA
Mission: Advance 21st Century Education worldwide to
provide greater global awareness, capabilities and action in
Galaxy science, exploration and enterprise.
Galaxy Forum Architecture
UCLA Galactic Center Group
Stellar Orbits in the Central Arcsec
Animations created by Prof. Andrea Ghez and team at UCLA; data sets from W. M. Keck Telescopes at Mauna Kea Hawaii.
Galaxy Garden / Jon Lomberg
Kona, Hawai`i Island
General Education – for primary, secondary higher, and highest
education: Knowledge, understanding of humanity’s place in the
Universe – our Milky Way Galaxy occupies a mid-position domain
between Solar System finiteness and Cosmos infinity
Higher Education: Astrophysics / Astronomy – Galaxy studies
internationally are of increasing interest and value; study of our
local stellar neighborhood for familiarity; center / central 10
parsecs with supermassive black hole is most dynamic region of
History of Human Civilization / Archaeoastronomy
NASA, World Space Agencies – 21st Century Program and Policy
Development Advance through Galaxy understanding
Galacticity – may be as important for the 21st Century, as is
Relativity to 20th
Why Galaxy Education, Consciousness &
Awareness Are Important for the 21st Century:
EarthRise Photo : 1968 / Apollo 8 *** 20th
ILO Imaging Galaxy Center *** 21st
Human Solar System Exploration
Credit: Space Age Publishing
Galaxy Education Resources
International Space University: Graduate-level training to future leaders of
the emerging global space community at locations around the world.
- Walter Peeters, President
The Planetary Society: Inspires and involves the world's public in space
exploration through advocacy, projects, and education.
- Bill Nye, Executive Director
SETI: Mission of the SETI Institute is to explore, understand and explain the
origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe
- Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer
Space Generation Advisory Council: Represents students and young space
professionals to the United Nations, States, and space agencies.
- Michael Brett / Catherine Doldirina, Co-Chairperson
Students for the Exploration and Development of Space: Dedicated to
expanding the role of human exploration through education.
- Daniel Pastuf, Chair
Galaxy Education Resources
Challenger Center: Learning Center Network gives students hands-on
experience in science, engineering, research and space missions.
- June Scobee Rodgers, Founding Director and Chairman
Galaxy Zoo: ‘Citizen Science’ online astronomy project that invites members
of the public to assist in classifying over a million galaxies.
- Chris Lintott, Dan Andreescu, Kate Land, etc.
UCLA Galactic Center Group: Leading Galactic Center research group,
dedicated to researching the innermost regions of the Milky Way.
- Andrea Ghez, Principal Investigator
Teachers in Space, Space Frontier Foundation: Giving teachers the
opportunity to experience space firsthand via NewSpace companies.
- Edward Wright, Project Manager
Federation of Galaxy Explorers: Seeks to inspire and educate kids in space
related science and engineering, including Moon Base One Initiative.
- Nicholas Eftimiades, Founder / Chairperson of the Board
Primary and Secondary ILO
First Light Galaxy Imaging
Initial landing site observation, local surveillance
Earth observations: albedo, geocorona, etc.
Search for Earth-like planets
Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI)
Analyze interstellar molecules to determine origin of Solar
Observe signs of life on Mars, Europa, Titan, etc.
Search for dangerous NEOs
Sun-Earth observations, solar storm warnings
International Lunar Observatory Association
ILOA to be Based in Hawai`i
Center of Pacific Hemisphere
Bi-directional Launch Capability
Equatorial / Southern Proximity
Maintain Hawai`i Preeminence in
Astrophysics for Next 100 Years
Mauna Kea Summit Observatories
4206 meters / 13,796 feet elevation – tallest mountain in Pacific Ocean
Global center of Earth-based astronomy
14 nations represented – Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Japan,
The Netherlands, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Hawaii / USA, India, China
Gemini North: above
Gemini South: left (located
at Cerro Pachón in Chile
30m Telescope (TMT)
For more information about the ILO / ILOA, contact:
65-1230 Mamalahoa Highway, D-20
Kamuela, HI 96743
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