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More students to view the stars; UH-Hilo undergrads allotted telescope time | Hawaii Tribune-Herald

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Astronomy students won’t have to wait until graduate school to use one of Hawaii’s telescopes.

Source: More students to view the stars; UH-Hilo undergrads allotted telescope time | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/local-news/more-student-view-stars-uh-hilo-undergrads-alloted-telescope-time).

Accessed on 30 July 2016, 18:43 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

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Good news for UH-Hilo students students studying astronomy.  The University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy at UH-Manoa has agreed to give up to 16 nights of observing time annually atop the Mauna Kea summit to undergraduate students at UH-Hilo.

IfA director Guenther Hasinger tells reporter Tom Callis the decision is a bit unusual for an undergraduate astronomy program to be given dedicated time at a major observatory.  Hasinger adds that observing time is normally based on “the caliber of research.”  Hasinger agrees that the move is a great idea, saying “From my point of view, it is absolutely necessary to have a very strong astronomy program in Hilo…we want to ground the telescopes in the community.”

Hasinger says the decision comes partly from the planned decommissioning of UH-Hilo’s Hoku Kea teaching telescope on Mauna Kea.  Although a new telescope has been ordered, “it lacks a permanent location.”

Marianne Takamiya, the chairwoman of UH-Hilo’s physics and astronomy department, says students “likely will be working with a faculty member for their viewing time.”  Takamiya believes the hands-on learning experience will give her students “an edge when applying for jobs.”


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