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From the Director

Dear Friends of the Institute for Astronomy,

Stories related to the IfA have been in the news a lot lately. As reported in the newspapers, on radio and television, and in this newsletter, IfA faculty and students have explored early galaxies and black holes, and even found a heretofore unknown comet. While no one goes into astronomy to achieve fame and fortune, it is gratifying when the public understands and appreciates what we do.

Indeed, outreach and education are an important part of what we do. Our graduate students often take the StarLab Planetarium and our portable telescopes to local schools and other venues to show and tell about astronomy. This issue highlights one such activity that was a little unusual in that its recipients were a group of Japanese high school students who are in Hawai‘i to seek refuge and healing from the devastation that destroyed so many lives in northeastern Japan.

Our faculty members also participate in outreach activities. There are the Frontiers of Astronomy Community Lectures on the Manoa campus several times a year, the Maikalani Community Lectures monthly at the IfA building on Maui, and on Hawai‘i Island, our astronomers participate in the AstroTalks held at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i and the monthly Universe Tonight talks held at the Mauna Kea Visitors Center. These public events are generally free.

Of course, there is also the formal teaching aspect of what we do. IfA astronomers teach almost all the astronomy courses on the Manoa campus, and in recent years, have begun to teach at UH Hilo and Maui College, as well.

We look forward to sharing more exciting astronomy news with you in the future.

Aloha!
Günther Hasinger
Director, Institute for Astronomy

 

 

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Highlights

Black Holes in the Early Universe
Viewing Early Galaxies through Gravitational Lenses
Pan-STARRS Telescope Spots New Distant Comet

Upcoming Events

On O'ahu:
July: Stargazing party at Ko ‘Olina; October: Frontiers of Astronomy Community Lecture:  “The Latest on Pan-STARRS,” by Pan-STARRS Project Manager William Burgett; November: Frontiers of Astronomy Community Lecture by Günther Hasinger, the new director of IfA.
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