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.

Latest News

A Rocky Planet Around One of Our Galaxy’s Oldest Stars

University of Hawaiʻi Astronomers Using W. M. Keck Observatory Discover Ancient Magma World Orbiting a Chemically Unusual Star "They should have sent a poet," says Ellie Arroway in the film Contact as, suspended in outer space, she gazes upon a spiral galaxy. Almost...

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A Rocky Planet Around One of Our Galaxy’s Oldest Stars

University of Hawaiʻi Astronomers Using W. M. Keck Observatory Discover Ancient Magma World Orbiting a Chemically Unusual Star "They should have sent a poet," says Ellie Arroway in the film Contact as, suspended in outer space, she gazes upon a spiral galaxy. Almost...

read more

Institute for Astronomy

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