Institute for Astronomy


University of Hawaii

The Institute for Astronomy (IfA) is a research institute within the University of Hawai‘i, with offices and laboratories on O‘ahu, Maui, and Hawai‘i Island, plus observatories on the summits of Mauna Kea and Haleakalā. With a staff of 81 PhDs from 26 different countries, we are one of the largest university astronomy programs in the world. 


Explore the origin and nature of the Universe, and of the galaxies, stars, planets, and other matter that it contains.


Develop new technologies for use in ground-based and space-based observatories.


Spread the understanding of astronomy through our graduate program, through undergraduate courses, and through public education.


Discoveries, accomplishments, talks events.

Latest News


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 22 JULY 2019 Contacts: Dr. Brent Tully Office +1 808-956-8606 Dr. Roy Gal Media Contact +1 808-956-6235 cell: +1 808-388-8690   A smoothed rendition of the structure surrounding the Local Void. Our...

read more

NASA contract awarded to UH Institute for Astronomy for observatory management

NASA has awarded a contract to the University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy to continue to manage and operate the agency’s Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) on Maunakea. The potential value of the contract is approximately $30 million. About 30 IfA researchers and staff based in Hilo and Honolulu are involved in supporting the IRTF, which started operations 40 years ago this month.

read more

Upcoming Events

Institute for Astronomy

We are one of the largest university astronomy programs in the world.