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HI STAR 2013

Fourteen students entering grades 8–12 and two secondary school teachers participated in the 2013 HI STAR (Hawai‘i Student/Teacher Astronomy Research) program May 31–June 6 at IfA and UH Mānoa. The main goal of HI STAR is to equip interested and talented students and their teachers with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue astronomy research during the school year so that they can work on a science fair project.

This year’s students and teachers came from California and Utah, as well as Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Maui, and Hawai‘i island. Their projects covered stars, galaxies, heliophysics, exoplanets, and asteroids and comets. They used telescopes in Australia, Indiana, and the Faulkes Telescope North on Haleakalā. They also learned how to give impromptu talks under the direction of Jennifer Sur.

HI STAR picture 2

HI STAR instructor J. D. Armstrong (left) worked with Celeste Jongeneelen and Tony Almazan on a study of NGC 6031, a star cluster in the Southern Hemisphere. They observed it over the Internet using a telescope in Australia.


HI STAR picture 1

Mailani Neal, Kelsey Barber, Gabriel Salazar observed remotely using the DeKalb Observatory in Auburn, Indiana. The observatory belongs to amateur astronomer Donn Starkey (on laptop screen), who has worked with HI STAR for many years.


HI STAR picture 3

IfA graduate student Marco Micheli (center) and postdoctoral fellow Bin Yang (second from left) worked with the asteroids and comets group of Stephanie Spear (left), Zoey Fox, and Kelsey Barber.

Photos courtesy J. D. Armstrong.


Mary Kadooka, IfA’s astronomy research/education specialist, directs HI STAR. Also working with the program were Michael Nassir, an instructor in the UHM Physics and Astronomy Department, IfA astronomer Andrew Howard, IfA graduate student Heather Kaluna, and Kira Fox, a HI STAR alumna.