The UH Institute for Astronomy Open House is taking place this weekend

HONOLULU (KHON2) – The Institute for Astronomy (IfA) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa will hold its annual open house on Sunday, April 10, after taking a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 19.

The open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its Manoa headquarters at 2680 Woodlawn Drive. You can participate in hands-on activities, a digital planetarium, makahiki games, and see space-themed Lego creations.

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“We look forward to helping keiki get excited about science,” said IfA Director Doug Simons. “The Open Day gives the IfA the opportunity to connect directly with the community and highlight the world-class research and education program at work right here on the islands.”

Attendees will have the chance to “Ask an Astronomer”, test robots and rovers and walk around a scale model of the solar system. Telescopes will also be present to observe the Sun and its spectrum. IfA astronomers will give short presentations throughout the event.

April 10, known as Pōwehi Day, was proclaimed by Governor David Ige in honor of the world’s first-ever image of a black hole captured by telescopes, including those at Maunakea. The name means Embellished Dark Source of Endless Creation in the center, which was chosen by UH Hilo Hawaiian language teacher Larry Kimura.

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Organizers say admission and parking will be free for this fun event for the whole family. For more information, visit the University of Hawaii at Manoa website.

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