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. 

Research

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

Develop

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

Educate

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

Inform

Discoveries, accomplishments, talks events.

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ASTRONOMERS MAP VAST VOID IN OUR COSMIC NEIGHBORHOOD

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

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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.

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Institute for Astronomy

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