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Institute for Astronomy hosts open house with keiki-friendly interactive science activities

Institute for Astronomy
The IfA open house will feature many hands-on activities including bottle-rocket launching.

Visitors will be able to attend the Institute for Astronomy’s open house in person for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic started.

The free event features hands-on science activities and presentations on space. Families can take part in keiki-friendly activities including bottle-rocket launching, robot test drives, and a space-themed Lego building contest.

The Bishop Museum will provide a portable planetarium.

The event will take place on April 10 — that’s the anniversary of when the world’s first image of a black hole was taken using telescopes from around the world including Maunakea.

The black hole was named Pōwehi — a name from the Kumulipo meaning “embellished dark source of unending creation.”

The IfA open house will take place this Sunday, April 10, at its Mānoa headquarters at 2680 Woodlawn Drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Zoe Dym was a news producer at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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