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Open House 2003

Graduate student David Donovan explains the development of CCD instrumentation for astronomical imaging at the Institute for Astronomy's Open House.

On Saturday, April 26, the Institute for Astronomy held its Fourth Annual Open House in Manoa.

This year, for the first time, visitors saw live remote observing on the Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) on Mauna Kea. (Since an infrared telescope detects heat rather than light, it can operate in daylight.) There were also shows in the new Victoria Ward, Limited Starlab port-able planetarium. The pro-gram provided by graduate students Sandrine Bottinelli, Megan Novicki, and Elizabeth McGrath was both educational and entertaining.

IfA Open House demonstrations included live remote observations from Mauna Kea's IRTF telescope with astronomer John Rayner (left), and the physics of liquid nitrogen with engineer Peter Onaka (right).