Open House 2007 Activities
(In courtyard unless otherwise indicated)
- Starlab Planetarium (Floor 1, Building B):
Learn about the constellations
inside our portable planetarium.
- Rocket making (Behind Building C):
Learn some physics by launching soda-bottle rockets as high as you can, using a bike pump.
- Mars Drop:
Simulate a NASA spacecraft landing on Mars using a raw egg, some packaging and some ingenuity.
- Make a sundial:
Tell the time with a cleverly folded sheet of paper.
- Make a constellation:
Decorate a picture of one of your favorite constellations, then take it home and compare it with the real sky tonight.
- Solar system search:
Learn about the size of the solar system, then use your knowledge to find the planets that are hidden around our courtyard.
- Face painting:
Would you like a planet on your forehead, or a nebula on your nose?
- Ironwood Observatory:
Test your knowledge of the skies in a game of AstroJeopardy.
- Bishop Museum:
What do Mars, marshmallows and M&Ms have in common?
- Scientific Instrument Shop:
Tour the workshop were we build the cameras and spectrographs for Mauna Kea's telescopes.
- Sun and Venus Observing:
Keep your fingers crossed for good weather in Manoa and bad weather on the Sun.
- Friends of the Institute for Astronomy:
Support the IfA and receive an invitation to our hospitality room by joining the Friends.
- Hawaiian Astronomical Society:
Meet the members of Oahu's thriving amateur astronomers' club.
- UH Bookstore:
Want to learn more about what you saw today? Buy a book on astronomy here.
- UH Centennial Committee:
Help celebrate the fact that UH is 100 years old this year.
- Astrobiology Display:
Looking for clues to the origin of life draws together scientists from traditionally very different disciplines.
- The Cosmic Signpost:
You name it, the Cosmic Signpost will point to it.
- T-shirt Sales:
Buy a souvenir of your visit to the IfA Open House.
Free ice water and cookies to keep up your strength.
- Adaptive Optics Laboratory (Floor 1):
See how we use computer-controlled mirrors to remove the blurring of star images by Earth's atmosphere.
- Family Lectures (Floor 2, Auditorium and Room C-221):
30 minute astronomy talks on everything over the Sun. See schedule.
- Astronomy School (Floor 2, Rooms C-227 - C-229):
Use telescope simulation software to learn how professional astronomers take the temperature of a star, or measure the speed of a galaxy.
- Pan-STARRS Display (Floor 2 Lobby):
Get an update on our "Killer Asteroid" telescope project with its gigantic digital cameras
- IRTF Laboratory tour (Floor 1 Lobby):
Watch us operate a telescope hundreds of miles away; see what you look like though an infrared camera; watch what happens when things get VERY cold.
- Optics Demonstrations: (Floor 1, Lobby):
How do we make light go where we want it to go?
- Spectroscopy Demonstration (Floor 2, Room C-216):
How do we learn what the Universe is made of?
- Family Telescope and Software Clinics:
What to buy and how to use it
- Ask an Astronomer:
try to answer your simplest and your toughest questions
- Hawaii State Science Fair Projects:
What Hawaii's youngest generation of astronomers is up to.