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IfA Publications
Open House 2008

For immediate release
April 15, 2008


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 2008

children launching bottle rockets
Launching bottle rockets at the 2007 IfA Open House. Photo by Jimmy Heasley.

What caused the solar system to have a shaking fit?

What kind of telescope should I buy for the kids?

How do you stop a falling egg from breaking?

Can I see the sunspots on the Sun?

Does "dark matter" matter?

For answers to these questions, head for the annual UH Institute for Astronomy Open House on Sunday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at IfA's Manoa headquarters on Woodlawn Drive.

Listen to short lectures about what's been happening in astronomy recently, including the detection last month of the biggest explosion ever seen. Learn how to measure the temperature of a star and how to classify galaxies according to their appearance.

There will also be demonstrations of how things behave in a vacuum and how astronomers can see in the dark.

Children will have the opportunity to play Astro-Jeopardy, simulate a Mars landing using a raw egg, and travel through space in our StarLab planetarium. There will be telescopes available to view the Sun, as well as demonstrations of what causes the seasons.

Other Oahu astronomy groups that will be represented at the open house will include the Hawaiian Astronomical Society, Ironwood Observatory and the Bishop Museum.

Admission and parking are free.

For more information, go to


Figure 1: Children enjoy launching bottle rockets at the 2007 IfA Open House. Photo by Jimmy Heasley.

Figure 2: Young girl delights in looking through a telescope for the first time at the 2006 IfA Open House. Photo by Katie Whitman.

Figure 3: 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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