Astronomy

Keck Observatory to Host Open House on Nov. 11

November 4, 2017, 12:00 PM HST
* Updated November 8, 9:38 AM
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Keck Observatory image.

W.M. Keck Observatory will host an open house community event at its headquarters in Waimea on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The free public event only happens every few years, and will feature more than two dozen astronomy exhibits and activities appropriate for all ages.

Keck Observatory astronomers, engineers, technicians and other employees will present science-based interactive activities including:

  • Infrared selfies;
  • Tasting sub-zero nitrogen ice cream;
  • 3D astronomy films;
  • Building robots using a toothbrush;
  • Cosmic face painting, and more.

For the first time, one of the telescope’s signature segmented mirrors will be on display. Visitors will learn how segments are engineered to work in unison with 35 other pieces, operating in unison as a 10-meter mirror to gather light from the distance reaches of the universe.

High school students from Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy, Honoka‘a High School, and Parker School, as well college students from University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s Astronomy Department have volunteered to support the event.

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