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Other UH Astronomy Activities

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Although the IfA is by far the largest astronomy organization at the University of Hawai‘i, astronomy education and research is conducted at several other university departments. We have colleagues in the following organizations:


Department of Physics and Astronomy

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at UH-Manoa operates a separate physics graduate program and has vigorous research groups with particular emphases on particle astrophysics, elementary particle physics, nanoscience and free electron lasers. The particle astrophysics group is involved in several neutrino detection experiments, including ANITA (the Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna), GLUE (the Goldstone Lunar Ultra-high energy neutrino Experiment), KamLAND (the Kamioka Liquid scintillator Anti-Neutrino Detector), SALSA (the Saltdome Shower Array), SuperKamiokande, the Japanese  subterranean neutrino laboratory which has provided the first convincing evidence for neutrino mass, and K2K, the long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiment.


Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry at UH-Manoa includes an interstellar chemistry group that undertakes theoretical and experimental research into reaction dynamics under interstellar and planetary conditions.


Hawai‘i Institute for Geophysics and Planetology

The Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology undertakes research on planetary geosciences and uses remote-sensing techniques for both terrestrial and solar system studies. They also operate the Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center (PRPDC) and are responsible for managing the Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium.


University of Hawai‘i at Hilo

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at University of Hawai‘i at Hilo offers an undergraduate degree in astronomy. Several of its faculty are also involved in stellar and extragalactic research.


Community Colleges

All the community colleges in the University of Hawaii system offer introductory astronomy courses.