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Magical Moon Viewing at ‘Imiloa

September 23, 2012, 4:32 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 7:13 PM
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Witness and wonder at the magic of the moons Friday at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m.

In Japanese tradition, moon-viewing or tsukimi is a time to celebrate the autumn moon with festivals, food and celebration.

A Japanese myth surrounding this autumnal celebration describes a self-sacrificing rabbit who is forever immortalized on the moon’s surface. Look carefully to see the rabbit in the moon.

This year the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center will feature a live-sky presentation in the planetarium at 6 p.m. View the moon, take in the night sky and learn about the moons of the solar system.

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For those that feel some hunger pangs throughout the night, the Sky Garden Restaurant is open until 8:30 p.m.

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Tickets are $10 general and $8 for members. Tickets are available at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, or by calling 969-9703. Seating is limited.

The ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai’i is located at 600 ‘Imiloa Place in Hilo.

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