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Press Release:

April 23, 2004


Mrs. Karen Rehbock
(808) 956-8566

Joan Yanagihara
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Institute for Astronomy
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UH Institute for Astronomy's Starlab Planetarium to Visit Ward Warehouse on Saturday, April 24, 2004


As part of "Astronomy Week in Hawaii," the UH Institute for Astronomy will take its popular Starlab Planetarium to the Ward Warehouse on Saturday, April 24. Six shows will be offered to Ward Center's patrons between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on a "first-come, first-served" basis.

This is one of several special events that have been planned to celebrate "Astronomy Week," which began on Sunday, April 18, with an Open House at the Institute for Astronomy and ends on Saturday, April 24, at AstroDay 2K4 at the Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo.

Starlab is a portable planetarium that can accommodate 25 persons at a time. Inside its inflatable dome, people can take a magical journey to observe our whole galaxy and learn about the solar system in a night sky that is devoid of any light pollution.

Several years ago, Victoria Ward, Limited provided the Institute for Astronomy with the funds to purchase the Starlab. In recognition of the company's generosity, the Starlab has been named the "Victoria Ward Keiki Starlab." For more information about the Victoria Ward Centers, see

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. Refer to for more information about the Institute.



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