About the Educational Observatory at UH Hilo

University of Hawai'i at Hilo - Educational Observatory

The UH Hilo Educational Observatory is a professional astronomical observatory owned and operated by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo. The department offers a BS in astronomy and a BA in physics. The observatory is essentially used for laboratory courses, research and technical projects, as well as for outreach activities. The Educational Observatory is also used by the UH Manoa undergraduate program in astronomy. Through local community associations, the Educational Observatory will also be offering opportunities for local kids to conduct astronomical observations. The observatory is composed of a modern 0.7 meter telescope and a suite of instruments for imaging and spectroscopy, all operated in a 18-foot AstroHaven dome.

The observatory is currently in development and is expected to become operational in a near future, when an adequate  site can be found.

UH Hilo Educational Observatory: Mission

The UH Hilo Educational Observatory was implemented with some specific research and educational goals in mind. These goals, described by the following six points, represent the overall vision of the UH Hilo Department of Physics and Astronomy for its Educational Observatory:
  • The Educational Observatory is a professional astronomical facility used to conduct scientific research projects.
  • The Educational Observatory is a professional astronomical facility used for training students on modern observational techniques applied in scientific research.
  • The Educational Observatory is a professional astronomical facility used for training students on modern telescope operations.
  • The Educational Observatory is a professional astronomical facility used for modest developments in instrumentation and technical projects.
  • The Educational Observatory is a professional astronomical facility used for outreach activities and for training students in communicating science with the general public.
  • The Educational Observatory is an astronomical facility acting as a bridge between professional astronomy activities on the Big Island and the local communities.

The UH Hilo Educational Observatory: People


Dr.  R. Pierre Martin, Director
John Coney, Observatory Support