Institute for Astronomy Annual Open House

April 6, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Mānoa Campus, 2680 Woodlawn Drive, Honolulu, HI 96822 Add to Calendar

Remember Luke Skywalker’s planet with two suns in the movie Star Wars? Well, science fiction has now become science fact, and if you come to the Institute for Astronomy Open House you can learn about real planets that orbit two stars.

There will be activities, displays, and talks for people all ages. For the keiki, we will have bottle-rocket launching, face painting, shows in the StarLab planetarium, and the opportunity to make a glider out of a foam plate, or to make a sundial, comet, or crater.

Both children and adults will have the opportunity to "Ask an Astronomer." At the Fun with Physics booth, you can explore the laws of spinning objects. In the CAVE, you will have the opportunity to explore a 3-D virtual environment.

This year’s guest organizations will include the Bishop Museum, the Hawaiian Astronomical Society, and the UH Manoa SUPER M (as in “mathematics”) Group. Also bringing interesting displays and activities are Gemini Observatory, Subaru Telescope, the Thirty Meter Telescope, and ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i, all coming over from the Big Island of Hawai‘i. The Pacific Aviation Museum is bringing its P-40 flight simulator.

The Spectroscopy School will teach you how astronomers measure the composition, temperature, and line-of-sight velocity of stars. If the sun and the weather cooperate, there will be sunspot observing in the courtyard, and we will have nighttime observing on a distant telescope accessed over the Internet.

Come join us for a fun learning experience.

Ticket Information
Free admission and parking

Event Sponsor
Institute for Astronomy, Mānoa Campus

More Information
Dr. Roy Gal, 956-6235,,

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