February 2004: Over the past few months we have been corresponding with a very enthusiastic group of
amateur astronomers in Venezuela who have developed an observatory in Caracas called Observatorio ARVAL.
Their leader, Arnaldo Arval, initially contacted Walter Steiger regarding the article "Origins of Astronomy
in Hawaii" found on the internet at www.ifa.hawaii.edu/users/steiger. It became clear that these amateurs
were very serious about their love of astronomy but had very few resources. We offered to send some books
and old journals which they said would be much appreciated. We also sent a number of copies of the Hawaii
Tribune-Herald's tabloid "Stars Over Manua Kea" which were very well received. (see letter)
April 24, 2004: AstroDay was celebrated again this year with CSO providing a manned display at the
Prince Kuhio Plaza. See AstroDay web site.
June 30, 2004: A grand OPENHOUSE was held in the University Park of Science and Technology involving
all the observatories from Mauna Kea. School groups as well as the general public visited the various
observatory base facilities.
PHOTOS CSO's Open House featured an exhibit
of the Observatory model and a poster illustrating views of the galaxy in different wavelengths.
Below, summer interns (see below) Riley Ceria and Meaghan Paceley served as guides to the visitors.
August 2004: A few astronomy text books were sent to Observatorio ARVAL in Caracas (see above).
June - September 2004: Summer Internships.
Every summer CSO provides opportunities for work experience to undergraduate students. During the summer of 2004 two students were employed.
Riley Ceria, whose home is here in Hilo, will be a senior electrical
engineering student this fall at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is specializing
in Electro-physics and has already had considerable experience in designing and
constructing robots. Riley has found that a lot of what goes on in an observatory is
related to engineering. His skills in electronics and computers have been put to work
in updating many engineering drawings from paper to digital format. He has also designed
and constructed an electronic device for providing a digital output for an anemometer
which is located at the summit observatory. Riley says he has enjoyed working here a lot
and now has a better idea of career opportunities.
July 26, 2004: Make-A-Wish Tour A special event was arranged for Mark Sutcliffe and his family to visit the Mauna Kea Observatories. Mark suffers from Burkett's Lymphoma and was sponsored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. CSO was among the observatories welcoming Mark and his family. Our summer interns Riley Ceria and Meaghan Paceley represented CSO in the gift presentation.
September 4, 2004: CSO Staff Senior Scientist Ruisheng Peng presented a talk at the Ellison Onizuka Center for International Astronomy on the subject Star Formation Studies at CSO. The lecture was one of a series of monthly lectures presented for visitors to the Center.
December 4, 2004: ASTRONOMY IN HAWAII article authored by staff volunteer was published in the Seattle-based newspaper aimed at former Hawai`i residents, Norhtwest Hawai`i Times
January 23, 2005:
Journey Through the Universe Family Science Day took place at the Prince Kuhio Mall
with exhibits and demonstrations from many of the Mauna Kea observatories. CSO's contribution was
a demonstration showing that light but not sound can propagate through space, which is a vacuum.
CSO staff members Melanie Leong and Hiroko Shinnaga conducted the demonstrations with
the vacuum chamber apparatus constructed by volunteer Walter Steiger.
A discussion of how daylight, twilight, and nighttime vary throughout the year and with the latitude of the observer is presented in an article entitled NIGHT and DAY. This article can also be accessed in pdf format.
Department of Education
'Ainahau O Kaleponi
UH Astronomy Club
Center for Independent Living
UHH Upward Bound
Pahoa High School
University of Michigan
KPUA radio station
University of Hawaii, Undersea Research Laboratory, November 2002
Waikea Elementary School, March 2003
University of Hawaii, Hilo, May, 2003
Observatorio ARVAL, Caracas, Venezuela, February 28, 2004