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For immediate release
November 28, 2008


Dr. Robert Jedicke
Institute for Astronomy
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822

Mrs. Karen Rehbock
Assistant to the Director
Institute for Astronomy
University of Hawaii at Manoa



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Poster (jpg, no date or time)

Poster (pdf, Manoa date & time)
Event poster by Karen Teramura.

Robert Jedicke

Robert Jedicke


Institute for Astronomy
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Einstein vs. Santa

Einstein vs. Santa poster
Event poster by Karen Teramura. For printable pdf file (Manoa poster), click here.

Is Santa guilty of breaking the laws of physics as expressed in Einstein's theory of relativity? Can Santa deliver all his gifts to the good children of the world without breaking the universal limit set by the speed of light?

Dr. Robert Jedicke of the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy will take an entertaining look at Mr. Claus' annual trip from the physicist's perspective. In the process, he will introduce the audience to the bizarre effects that take place in a relativistic universe.

This will be a fun, equation-free presentation suitable for those in high school or older. Dr. Jedicke gave this talk at IfA Manoa last year, and it is back by popular demand.

The talk will be given at three times on three islands: at the Maikalani building in Pukalani, Maui, on Friday, December 5 at 6:30 p.m., in the UH Manoa Art Building Auditorium (room 132) on Monday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m., and on Thursday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. at UH Hilo in the University Classroom Building, room 100.

Admission is free. Those attending on Maui are asked to park on the street. On-campus parking at UH Manoa is available for $3.

Cookies and eggnog will be served after the Manoa talk.


Founded in 1967, the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa conducts research into galaxies, cosmology, stars, planets, and the sun. Its faculty and staff are also involved in astronomy education, deep space missions, and in the development and management of the observatories on Haleakala and Mauna Kea.

Established in 1907 and fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the University of Hawaii is the state's sole public system of higher education. The UH System provides an array of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees and community programs on 10 campuses and through educational, training, and research centers across the state. UH enrolls more than 50,000 students from Hawaii, the U.S. mainland, and around the world.




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