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Rolf-Peter Kudritzki, Director

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From the Director

Dear Friends,

This summer, the Friends of the Institute for Astronomy will hold its first Mauna Kea Observatories Tour on the Big Island August 17-19. Tour participants will have the opportunity to interact with IfA astronomers based in Hilo, who will teach them about observing, including telescope and optic design, CCDs, and data analysis. They will then proceed to Hale Pohaku, the mid-level facility on Mauna Kea, where there will be lunch and more informational talks, as well as an opportunity to visit the arboretum and the Visitor Information Station. In the late afternoon, the group will depart for the summit, where they will visit one of the large telescopes, eat dinner, and watch the sunset. In the evening, there will be stargazing at the UH telescopes on the summit. This is very special, and is something even professional astronomers don't have the opportunity to do. (We are stuck looking at our computer monitors.)

Although most IfA public events are free and open to the public, this one will be reserved for Friends of the IfA only, and because there will be meals, lodging, and transportation involved, there will be a fee. I hope if you are a reader of this newsletter who is really interested in astronomy, you will take this opportunity to fill out the coupon on page 7 and join the Friends group. If you are already a member, more detailed information about this wonderful opportunity has been mailed to you.

Rolf-Peter Kudritzki
Director, Institute for Astronomy

August Lunar Eclipse

A total lunar eclipse will be visible everywhere in  Hawai‘i on the night of August 27–28. The full Moon will enter Earth’s shadow at 10:51 p.m.; totality will begin at 11:52 p.m. and last for about an hour and a half.   It is safe to look at a lunar eclipse without any special eye protection. Enjoy!



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Upcoming Events

Mauna Kea Observatories Tour for Friends of the Institute for Astronomy members, August 17–19, 2007. Registration required by August 1. For information about joining the Friends or attending the tour, or 956-6665.

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