Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii


100 - Maunakea Observatories

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The University of Hawaii at Manoa's 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. Our goals are to Explore the origin and nature of the Universe, and of the galaxies, stars, planets, and other matter that it contains. Develop new technologies for use in ground-based and space-based observatories. Spread the understanding of astronomy through our graduate program, through undergraduate courses, and through public education. Visit us to learn about our research, technology development, education and outreach!