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CFHT Waimea Winter Star Gazing Party

December 1, 2015, 11:20 AM HST
* Updated September 8, 6:01 PM
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The Canada-France-Hawai’i Telescope plans to open its doors to the public at its Waimea base facility on Saturday, Dec. 5 for stargazing.

Coined the “Winter Star Party,” CFHT personnel will set up telescopes on the front lawn of the facility.

“There is nothing like the night sky bright with stars and a mug of hot chocolate to bring the community together,” said Mary Beth Laychak, outreach program manager at CFHT. “We can’t wait to open up our headquarters to everyone for a night of fun, friendship, and stars.”

In addition to star gazing, people can check out activity booths like “Ask an Astronomer,” view remote astronomical observations at the Waimea control room, and make astronomical holiday ornaments.

“I’ve brought my family and friends to the Winter Star Party each year since the event first began. It’s a great way to pique the interest of our keiki to strive higher in their school studies,” said Moani Akana, Waimea resident and CHFT retiree. “The Winter Star Party is a highlight of the holiday season for our entire community.”

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The event takes place following the 55th Annual Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade, which runs through Waimea town from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

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Saturday’s Star Party at CFHT is free, as are all activities involved, and will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the CHFT headquarters, located at 65-1238 Mamalahoa Highway in Kamuela.

To learn more about the CHFT event, call 885-3121.

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