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Astronomy Open House on April 29

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April 16, 2010


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Infrared camera demonstration. Photo by Zach Gazak.

What happens when galaxies collide?

Is there now or was there ever life on Mars?

What are comets made of?

For answers to these and other astronomy-related questions, head for the annual UH Institute for Astronomy Open House on Sunday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its Manoa headquarters at 2680 Woodlawn Drive.

There will be short talks on hot astronomical topics such as the search for habitable planets beyond our solar system, storms on the sun that affect Earth, and the transit of Venus that will be visible in Hawaii on June 5.

As in past years, there will be activities for both children and adults. You will be able to “Ask an Astronomer,” and if the weather and the sun cooperate, observe sunspots through a telescope. Activities especially for children will include sundial making, comet making, shows in the StarLab planetarium, and bottle-rocket launching.

The LEGO Enthusiasts Association of Hawaii will be back with a moon base, and the Bishop Museum will again be bringing their interactive Magic Planet display.

Open House poster
Open house poster by Karen Teramura.

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

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.