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Journey from Hawaii to the Edge of the Universe at the IfA Open House

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March 30, 2011


Ms. Louise Good
Media Contact
Institute for Astronomy
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Dr. Gareth Wynn-Williams
Institute for Astronomy
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822


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IR camera demo thumbnail

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Rubens' tube

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Infrared Camera Demo
Infrared camera demonstration. Photo by Zach Gazak.

Did you know that

  • Earth has more than one moon?
  • 95 percent of the universe is invisible?
  • Some asteroids have tails?

Scientists at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy will explain these and other phenomena at the IfA’s annual open house on Sunday, April 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be activities for both children and adults: Make a sundial or a comet, observe sunspots with a telescope (weather permitting), launch a bottle rocket, or listen to talks about black holes, the search for habitable planets around other stars, and the latest discoveries by NASA space missions to comets.

You may also have your face painted with a star or planet, see a planetarium show, or check out the 3-D astronomical image gallery.

See a complete list of talks and activities at

The open house will take place at 2680 Woodlawn Drive, Manoa. Admission and parking will be free.



Figure 1:Infrared camera demonstration shows what a person looks like in the infrared. Photo by Zach Gazak.

Figure 2: Graduate students Kirsten Larson (left) and  Andrew Mann with their Rubens' tube, a physics experiment in which fire represents sound waves. Photo by Zach Gazak.

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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.