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Manoa Open House and Hilo AstroDay

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Young girl delights in looking through a telescope for the first time at the 2006 IfA Open House. Photo by Katie Whitman.

The 2008 IfA Manoa Open House will take place on Sunday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. As in past years, there will be activities for all ages. Children will have the opportunity to land a space probe on Mars, make a sundial, sort galaxies, launch a bottle rocket, and see a planetarium show in the StarLab. Everyone will have a chance to ask an astronomer questions, play Astro-Jeopardy, tour the adaptive optics and NASA Infrared Telescope laboratories, and learn how to buy and use a telescope. There will also be a variety of displays, talks, and demonstrations. New this year will be a hands-on display that explains why we have seasons. Admission and parking will be free. E komo mai! See www.ifa.hawaii.edu/open-house/ for schedules of lectures and activities.

The seventh annual AstroDay in Hilo will take place on Saturday, May 3 at the Prince Kuhio Plaza from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The award-winning festival that brings astronomy and technology to the people will feature interactive exhibits from every observatory on Mauna Kea, science demonstrations and presentations, Hawaiian culture displays, student science projects, an infrared portrait studio, StarLab planetarium shows, liquid nitrogen demonstrations, scholastic robotics demonstrations, telescope viewing, a Kids Corner with fun activities, and many prizes to give away. Local entertainers will play Hawaiian slack key music. A highlight will be the presentation of the Excellence in Teaching award. Admission is free. For more information, contact Gary Fujihara at (808) 932-2328 or fujmon@mac.com, or visit www.astroday.net.