Institute for Astronomy University of Hawaiʻi

A premier institution for astronomy research and education, locally, nationally, and internationally, that is respectful of the local culture.
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Unparalleled bounty of oscillating red giant stars detected

Oscillations in the Sun were first observed in the 1960s. But solar-like oscillations in thousands of stars weren’t detected until the French-led Convection, Rotation and Planetary Transits space telescope, which operated from 2006 to 2013.

Massive COCONUTS exoplanet discovery led by UH grad student

Astronomers have discovered thousands of exoplanets—planets beyond our solar system—but few have been directly imaged, because they are extremely difficult to see with existing telescopes.

Asteroids named after UH astronomers

Naming asteroids is serious business.

UH astronomers discover ‘double-bubble’ solar eruption during 2020 eclipse

A unique solar magnetic eruption observed during the 2020 total solar eclipse from Argentina

Unparalleled bounty of oscillating red giant stars detected

Oscillations in the Sun were first observed in the 1960s. But solar-like oscillations in thousands of stars weren’t detected until the French-led Convection, Rotation and Planetary Transits space telescope, which operated from 2006 to 2013.

Massive COCONUTS exoplanet discovery led by UH grad student

Astronomers have discovered thousands of exoplanets—planets beyond our solar system—but few have been directly imaged, because they are extremely difficult to see with existing telescopes.

Asteroids named after UH astronomers

Naming asteroids is serious business.

UH astronomers discover ‘double-bubble’ solar eruption during 2020 eclipse

A unique solar magnetic eruption observed during the 2020 total solar eclipse from Argentina

What we do

Research

Astronomers at the IfA study everything from the Sun to the structure of the Universe, using the best observing sites in the world

Develop

We create cutting-edge instrumentations and technology, and innovative surveys to study the ever-changing night sky

Educate

Our world-class degree programs include a PhD in Astronomy, an undergraduate BA in Astronomy, and a BS in Astrophysics

Engage

An extensive public outreach program brings astronomy to our community, and our news stories highlight the latest discoveries

Our Mission

The University of Hawai‘i is located in the most diverse community and environment in the world, and it is a globally recognized center of learning and research with a kuleana to serve the people and places of Hawaii and our neighbors in the Pacific.  The IfA’s mission is to advance scientific understanding of the origin and nature of the universe by conducting high-impact research, developing new technologies to observe the cosmos, leading in planetary defense from potentially hazardous asteroids, and sharing knowledge of astronomy through education and outreach, in particular engaging with the native Hawaiian community.

 

Our Values

  • Value science as a way to illuminate our place in the universe
  • Integrity of the scientific process
  • Reverence for the natural environment, including the dark skies
  • Respect for Native Hawaiian practices and philosophies
  • Affirming the international character of academic research

Events

IfA’s Super Blood Moon broadcast nets gazers world wide

On May 26, Hawaiʻi enjoyed prime viewing of a total lunar eclipse—when the Earth comes between the Sun and the full Moon.

Award-winning science TV show features UH astronomer, students

The award-winning television show, Xploration Awesome Planet will feature University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy (IfA) education and outreach specialist, J.D. Armstrong and his students on Saturday, May 15, at 2:30 p.m. on KHON.

Maikalani Community Lecture: Bernie Taylor: “Are We Alone in the Cosmos? – Biological Time and the Drake Equation”

Maikalani Community Lecture: Bernie Taylor: "Are We Alone in the Cosmos? - Biological Time and the Drake Equation" 6:30 p.m. at the Maikalani building in Pukalani, Maui. Free. Also streamed live online and on Second Life.Naturalist and author Bernie Taylor...

Manoa Open House 2019

Manoa Open House 2018 Sunday, April 22, 2018 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities, talks, displays, and demonstrations for all ages.Please use the links at left to view all the talks and activities . Free admission and parking

Rock Wars – We can Win with Silicon

Maikalani Community Lecture: "Dr. Doug McCarter: Rock Wars - We can Win with Silicon" 6:30 p.m. at the Maikalani building in Pukalani, Maui. Free. Also streamed live online and on Second Life.Present day technology does not provide detection or deterrence of many...

IfA Maui Open House 2018

Free activities, stargazing, lab tours, IR camera, science demos for all ages ! Plenty of free parking too! Friday, October 19th, 6-8PM, at our Pukalani, Maui research center.

The IfA – celebrating 50 years

The UH Institute for Astronomy celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a special three-day meeting in Honolulu from June 28-30, 2017. Everyone with a history or relationship with the IfA was invited to attend, including former and present graduate students, postdocs,...

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