There will be activities, displays and talks for people of all ages. For the keiki, there will be bottle-rocket launching, face painting, shows in the StarLab planetarium and the opportunity to make a glider, sundial, comet or crater.
Both children and adults will have the opportunity to “Ask an Astronomer.” Visitors will also be able to explore a 3D virtual environment in the CAVE and a scale model of the solar system on the front lawn. Talks will discuss the great astronomy being done in Hawaiʻi, how science has changed the perception of light, space and time, and many other timely topics.
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This year’s guest organizations will include the Bishop Museum, the Hawaiian Astronomical Society, and the UH Mānoa SUPER M Group. Bringing interesting displays and activities from the Big Island of Hawaiʻi are Gemini Observatory, Subaru Telescope, the Thirty Meter Telescope and ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi.
Weather-permitting, there will be sunspot viewing in the Institute for Astronomy courtyard and remote nighttime observing on a telescope located on the other side of the world.
Admission and parking are free. Lunch will be available for purchase.
For event details to the the Institute for Astronomy open house website.