University of Hawaii Instutute for Astronomy
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IfA Publications
Open House 2008

For immediate release
April 18, 2007


Dr. Gareth Wynn-Williams
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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Institute for Astronomy Open House 2007

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Young girl delights in looking through a telescope for the first time at the 2006 IfA Open House. Photo by Katie Whitman.

How do you take a star's temperature?

What happens when galaxies collide?

How high can you launch a rocket?

For answers to these questions, head for the annual UH Institute for Astronomy Open House on Sunday, April 29, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at IfA's Manoa headquarters on Woodlawn Drive.

New this year will be an "Astronomy School" where visitors can learn how to measure the speed of a galaxy, analyze the light from a star, and track the gyrations of Jupiter's moons.

There will also be tours of the IfA's research laboratories, where the world's largest digital camera is being constructed, and family lectures on topics such as Pluto, dark matter and traditional Hawaiian astronomy.

Children will have the opportunity to play Astro-Jeopardy, simulate a Mars landing using raw eggs, and travel through space in our Starlab planetarium. There will be telescopes available to view Venus and the Sun, as well as practical advice for novice amateur astronomers on how to buy and use telescopes and astronomy software.

Other Oahu astronomy groups that will be represented at the open house will include the Hawaiian Astronomical Society, Ironwood Observatory and the Bishop Museum. Hawaii's budding astronomers will be represented by several schoolchildren who will be exhibiting their displays from the recent Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair.

Admission and parking are free.

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Figure 1: Young girl delights in looking through a telescope for the first time at the 2006 IfA Open House. Photo by Katie Whitman.

Figure 2: Boy prepares to look through a solar telescope at the 2006 IfA Open House. Photo by Katie Whitman.

The Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii 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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