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For immediate release
July 16, 2008


Dr. James "J.D." Armstrong
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Institute for Astronomy, Maui

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Maui Public Talk: "Stellar Winds: Observing Stars from Haleakala"

IfA postdoctoral fellow David Harrington will give a talk entitled "Stellar Winds: Observing Stars from Haleakala" at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23 at the Maikalani building in Pukalani. This Maui Maikalani Community Lecture is sponsored by the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy.

On Haleakala, multiple telescopes observe the sun, stars, and space debris. Some of this research involves observing the process of star formation—how a young star interacts with its planet-forming circumstellar disk. Other projects involve investigating the structures seen on the sun, such as sunspots, active regions, and coronal loops. During the past five years, David Harrington has participated in these projects by building an instrument for the 4-meter Advanced Electro Optical System (AEOS) telescope and using it to observe young stars. Since processes on these young stars are somewhat similar to those on the sun, finding the similarities and differences helps us understand both in more depth. This talk will interrelate the sun, young stars, and some of the current projects at the observatories.

Harrington received his bachelor's degree from Michigan Technical University in 2003 and his PhD from the University of Hawaii this year. He has spent over 120 nights observing on AEOS and has authored more than 10 scientific papers. He has studied young stars, stellar magnetic fields and the solar corona, and also participated in the observations for NASA's Deep Impact mission.

The address of Maikalani, also known as the Advanced Technology Research Center, is 34 Ohia Ku Street, Pukalani, above Kamehameha Schools in the Kulamalu Town Center (the first light after King Kekaulike High School, just off Kula Highway). For a map, go to

Admission is free, and street parking is available. For more information, call 573-9500 on Maui.

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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