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Manoa Open House, Hilo AstroDay in April

At the 2004 open house, visitors lined up to see sunspots through small telescopes. The 2005 open house will include lectures about Einstein's legacy, black holes, the search for Earth-like planets, the Deep Impact mission, storms on the Sun, oddities of the Universe, "killer" asteroids, and astronomy with your personal computer

The Annual IfA Open House on Sunday, April 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at our Manoa headquarters (2680 Woodlawn Drive) will kick off Astronomy Week. The open house will highlight work done by IfA astronomers on Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii, and explain how astronomy affects our lives, community, and future. Admission and parking will be free.

This family event will include tours of the IfA facilities, exhibits, scheduled lectures, hands-on demonstrations, and activities for all age groups. There will be sunspot viewing on small telescopes and remote observing using one of the major telescopes on Mauna Kea. The amateur telescope clinic will offer advice to individuals about purchasing, assembling, and using a telescope. Astronomers and graduate students will be available to answer your astronomy-related questions. A detailed schedule will be available on the IfA Web site a week before the event.

The week will end with the AstroDay celebration on Saturday, April 16 at Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The national award winning event, which attracts over 12,000 visitors each year, was created in 2002 to bring astronomy to the people. In addition to astronomy exhibits from all the observatories on Mauna Kea, AstroDay will feature speakers, a Hawaiian slack key musical performance by recording artist George Kahumoku, Hawaiian cultural exhibits, hands-on demonstrations, Starlab planetarium shows, public solar viewing, astronomy vendors, a Kid's Corner, and a special visitor from out of this world. For more information about AstroDay, visit the AstroDay Web site or call UH Institute for Astronomy Outreach (Hilo) at (808) 932-2328.

AstroDay will also feature special weekender tour packages through the University of Hawaii at Hilo Conference Center. The Ohana Learning Weekend will start on the evening of Friday, April 15 with a dinner, activities, and a presentation by a noted astronomer. Saturday will be filled with the Hilo AstroDay celebration followed by stargazing on Mauna Kea. On Sunday, participants will go to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to see Kilauea with a geologist. The program will end on April 17 at 5 p.m. All ground transportation, meals, accommodations, and activities are included for $375 per person based on double occupancy. For more information, please visit AstroDay Web site or call the Hilo Conference Center at (808) 974-7555.