Trek to a Star Party

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You won’t find celebri­ties at a Big Is­land “star party,” but hav­ing the South­ern Cross, Jupiter, Saturn and the Great An­dromeda Galaxy at your fin­ger­tips draws awe just as well.

A reg­u­lar fea­ture of the Onizuka Cen­ter for In­ter­na­tional Astron­omy Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Sta­tion, the stargaz­ing pro­gram is held ev­ery evening from 6 to 10 p.m. It be­gins with an astron­omy video, fol­lowed by a dis­cus­sion fo­cused on astron­omy and Mauna Kea, where the cen­ter is lo­cated. There, state-of-the-art tele­scopes and guided tours to Mauna Kea’s sum­mit are your pass­ports to the stars.

It’s a good idea to call (808) 935-6268 for the lat­est weather con­di­tions be­fore mak­ing the trip. For more in­for­ma­tion about the Onizuka Cen­ter, call (808) 961-2180 or log on to www.ifa.hawaii. edu/info/vis.

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