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‘Imiloa to Host Live Planetarium Stargazing

February 24, 2016, 10:58 AM HST
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The 'Imiloa Astronomy Center. University of Hawai'i at Hilo photo.

The ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center. University of Hawai’i at Hilo photo.

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center has introduced a new program that provides live stargazing in its planetarium.

The stargazing program is being conducted through a partnership with the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitors Information Stations and will take place on Friday, Feb. 26.

View stars and distant celestial objects from Mauna Kea’s 9,000 foot level in real time and from ‘Imiloa’s planetarium.

A VIS staff member will orient attendees in the night sky through a live feed. Instruments and techniques that make it possible to view a deep space object will be introduced as an ‘Imiloa planetarium operator journeys into an in-depth look at the objects.

“This program will include the night time stargazing at the VIS at 9.300 feet with an education component in the world class planetarium,” said ‘Imiloa Education Staffer Ahia Dye. “Locals and visitors of all ages will not be able to experience living stargazing above the clouds right here in Hilo.”

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The program will run monthly, focusing on celestial objects seen in that particular season’s sky.

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Tickets are $8 for individuals, dual, kupuna, and family members; $6 for patron members; and free for silver, gold, and corporate members. Non-members will pay $10.

To purchase tickets, visit the ‘Imiloa front desk or call 932-8901.

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