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Annual Astronomy Open House on April 6

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Monday, March 24, 2014


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Open House Poster  
Poster by Karen Teramura.  

Want to learn about real planets with two suns like the fictional planet Tatooine in the Star Wars movies? Then come to the UH Manoa Institute for Astronomy’s annual Open House on Sunday, April 6, from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. at our Manoa headquarters, 2680 Woodlawn Drive.  

There will be activities, displays, and talks for people of all ages. For the keiki, we will have bottle-rocket launching, face painting, shows in the StarLab planetarium, and the opportunity to make a glider out of a foam plate, or to make a sundial, comet, or crater.

Both children and adults will have the opportunity to “Ask an Astronomer.” Visitors will also will be able to explore a 3-D virtual environment in the CAVE and a scale model of our solar system on the front lawn.

Talks will discuss the great astronomy being done right here in Hawaii, Hawaiians and astronomy, how science has changed our perception of light, space, and time, and many other timely topics.

This year’s guest organizations will include the Bishop Museum, the Hawaiian Astronomical Society, and the UH Manoa SUPER M (as in “mathematics”) Group. Also bringing interesting displays and activities are Gemini Observatory, Subaru Telescope, the Thirty Meter Telescope, and ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i, all coming over from the Big Island of Hawaii. In addition, the Pacific Aviation Museum will be bringing its P-40 flight simulator, and Mensa Hawaii is bringing Mensa Academy, an interactive Wii game that challenges thinking skills. The UH Bookstore will have astronomy and other science books for sale.

Weather-permitting, there will be sunspot viewing in the IfA courtyard and remote nighttime observing on a telescope located on the other side of the world.

Admission and parking will be free. Lunch will be available for purchase. For up-to-date information, visit




High-Resolution Photos and Video

Video taken by UH videographers at the 2013 Open House


Photographs taken at previous open houses; at least 300 dpi unless otherwise indicated.

Bottle rockets: Postdoctoral Fellow Jason Byrne assists children with bottle-rocket launching.

Single Photo by Karen Teramura.

Bottle-rocket launching sequence (200 DPI, 863 kb JPEG) Photos by Karen Teramura.

Sundial making: Astronomer Paul Coleman (left, wearing blue galaxy T-shirt) assists children with sundial making. Photo by Karen Teramura.

Infrared astronomy: Alan Tokunaga, director of the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility on Mauna Kea, explains infrared astronomy to open house visitors. Photo by Karen Teramura.

Magnetism on the sun: Children play with magnets on Earth to learn about magnetism on the sun. Photo by Katie Whitman.

Sunspot gazing in the IfA courtyard. Photo by Zach Gazak.








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. The Institute operates facilities on the islands of Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii.