Institute for Astronomy holds annual open house

April 8, 2013  |   |  Comments
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Bottle rocket launches at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Institute for Astronomy open house. (photo courtesy of IfA)

Bottle rocket launches at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Institute for Astronomy open house. (photo courtesy of IfA)

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Institute for Astronomy will hold their annual open house at its Mānoa headquarters on Sunday, April 14, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. The open house features activities, talks, displays and demonstrations for all ages.

New activities this year include remote observing on a telescope in Africa (weather in Africa permitting); the opportunity to build and control a robot; a display about ATLAS, the system being built at Institute for Astronomy to warn scientists about incoming space rocks; astrophotography experts to answer questions about taking photographs of the nighttime sky; a scale model of the solar system on the institute lawn; and a hologram of the Thirty Meter Telescope proposed to be built on Mauna Kea.

Open house visitors can make a sundial or a comet, observe sunspots with a telescope (weather permitting), launch a bottle rocket, or listen to talks about black holes, the search for habitable planets around other stars, and the latest discoveries by NASA space missions to comets.

Admission and parking will be free. Lunch will be available for purchase. For more, information, visit the open house website.

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