Institute for AstronomyUniversity of Hawaiʻi
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What we do
Our Astronomers study everything from the Sun to the structure of the Universe, using the best observing sites in the world
We create cutting-edge instrumentation and technology, and innovative surveys to study the ever-changing night sky
Our world-class degree programs include a PhD in Astronomy, an undergraduate BA in Astronomy, and a BS in Astrophysics
Our extensive public outreach program brings astronomy to our community, and our news stories highlight the latest discoveries
To be the premier institution for astronomy research and education, locally, nationally, and internationally, that is respectful of the local culture.
The University of Hawai‘i is located in the most diverse community and environment in the world. We are a globally recognized center of learning and research, with a kuleana to serve the people and places of Hawaiʻi and our neighbors in the Pacific. The IfA’s mission is to advance scientific understanding of the origin and nature of the universe, by conducting high-impact research, developing new technologies to observe the cosmos, defending the planet from potentially hazardous asteroids, and sharing knowledge of astronomy through education and outreach, in particular engaging with the native Hawaiian community.
- Valuing science as a way to illuminate our place in the universe
- Maintaining the integrity of the scientific process
- Revering the natural environment, including the dark skies
- Respecting Native Hawaiian practices and philosophies
- Affirming the international character of academic research