IfA Manoa Open House
|At the Open House at IfA Manoa, visitors
had the opportunity to view sunspots and Venus (left) and to make comets
out of ice, dry ice, and dirt (right).
The IfA held its third annual Open House at its Manoa headquarters
on October 6. Visitors viewed sunspots and Venus, made miniature comets and
impact craters like those on the Moon, ground telescope mirrors, and launched
bottle rockets. There were also a variety of research exhibits and tours of
the Machine Shop and the instrumentation laboratories. IfA scientists and staff
gave short public lectures on many subjects, including the telescopes on Mauna
Kea, active galaxies, the danger from Earth-approaching asteroids, archeoastronomy
in Hawaii, and dark matter. Members of the scientific staff also answered questions
related to astronomy at the "Ask an Astronomer" table. An estimated
450 people attended the Open House.