Kilolani Masthead
Kepakemapa (September) 2016
Volume 11, Issue 9
Gardens at 'Imiloa

NEW in the
Bank of Hawaii
'Imiloa Store
Imiloa postcard set
We now carry 'Imiloa post cards: 10 different, beautiful photographs of our grounds. $1 each or a pack of 10 for $8. Inquiries? Call our store at (808) 932-8903. Don't forget to ask for your 10% member discount. You will also receive Member Loyalty Credit for additional savings!
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
The next Led Zeppelin Planetarium Rock Show dates are Fridays, September 2 & 9 at 7 pm. See the music come to life!
Stargazing Live
Stargazing Live
View the cold, clear Maunakea night sky from the comfort of the 'Imiloa planetarium during Stargazing Live. Join us on a journey to explore the stars and distant celestial objects from Maunakea's 9,000-foot level in real time. The next program will take place on Friday,
September 30
at 7 pm.
Mahalo to our Renewing Corporate Member!

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Mahalo to our
Corporate Members!
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Ke Kapena Members
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Mahalo for your support of our programs. Please send your comments and feedback to our Membership Office at or call (808) 932-8926.

StudentMembershipsFree 'Imiloa Membership for all UH Hilo and Hawai'i Community College Students

'Imiloa is excited to announce that for the first time ever we are offering FREE memberships to all registered UH Hilo and Hawai'i Community College students! This free individual membership includes unlimited regular daily shows in our full-dome planetarium, full access to our interactive exhibit hall and discounts to events. Members can also take advantage of 10% discounts at Sky Garden Restaurant and in our Bank of Hawaii 'Imiloa Store.

UH student membership flyerWhether majoring in a natural or social science, in one of the liberal arts, or in a professional program, students are sure to find an exhibit, a 3-D planetarium show, or a program or event at 'Imiloa to spark their interest!

Registered students can obtain their membership by visiting 'Imiloa's front desk (must show Student ID card).
MANUMANU 'Imiloa Deadline Extended to Sept. 15

Middle school math & science teachers interested in bringing 'Imiloa into their classes this year are encouraged to apply to participate
in the second cohort of our new MANU 'Imiloa Program. With local school schedules disrupted by recent hurricane activity, MANU Call for teachers'Imiloa has extended the application deadline to September 15, 2016. Please click here for more information on the program and how to apply.
AsteroidNew Show- Asteroid: Mission Extreme (3D)

'Imiloa is excited to announce that we've expanded our planetarium lineup with a thrilling new show, Asteroid: Mission Extreme (3D). For those who missed the member preview in August, Asteroid: Mission Extreme (3D) will be shown at 2 pm Tuesdays-Sundays throughout the month of September. (Please note the planetarium closure September 18-23.)

Presented by National Geographic, Asteroid: Mission Extreme immerses audiences in 3D, full-dome surround sound and takes them on an epic journey to discover how asteroids are both a danger and an opportunity. The danger lies in the possibility of a cataclysmic collision with Earth; the opportunity is the possibility that asteroids could be stepping-stones to other worlds - veritable way stations in space that could enable us to cross the Solar System. As with any venture into outer space, the challenges involved with making this idea a reality are enormous; however, a mission this extreme could ultimately teach us how to protect our planet and successfully inhabit other worlds.

National Geographic and Lockheed Martin present a Sky-Skan production. Narrated by Sigourney Weaver. 25 minutes. Suitable for family audiences and school groups.

Click above to watch the trailer for Asteroid: Mission Extreme
Click above to see the trailer for Asteroid: Mission Extreme

MuseumsMonthSeptember is Celebrating Museums Month
2016 Museums Month 'Imiloa is once again participating in Celebrating Museums Month, when all 'Imiloa members are eligible for benefits at participating museums island-wide! For the month of September, be sure to take advantage of free admission and other perks.

This month-long celebration of museums provides all members with a low-cost opportunity to explore and experience the rich resources of Hawai'i across the museum spectrum, from zoos and gardens to history and science centers. The 12 institutions in East and West Hawai'i collectively represent major informal education resources for Hawai'i Island. Memberships help support all of these nonprofit organizations and further our respective educational missions.

For a list of participating museums and benefits please click here or the map above. Celebrating Museums Month benefits are available to all museum members with a current membership card and proper ID.
MKSMaunakea Skies, September 16 at 7 pm

'Imiloa's monthly Maunakea Skies planetarium presentations are held on the third Friday of each month. Each presentation begins with a tour of the current night sky, featuring stars, constellations, and planets visible to the unaided eye, in our stunning Hawai'i Island skies. Following this, a special guest representing one of Maunakea's world class observatories presents on a topic of his/her choosing. After the presentation, audience members are able to ask their own astronomy questions during a Q&A with the special guest presenter.
September's Topic:
UKIRT: Recent Discoveries and Future PromiseUKIRT exterior

Dr. Richard Green, Director of UKIRT Observatory

'Ahia Dye, 'Imiloa

Among the observatories atop Maunakea, UKIRT Telescope utilizes a unique panoramic camera sensitive to infrared radiation which allows for an outpouring of scientific discoveries both close to Earth and far into the Universe. This will be the subject of the 'Imiloa's next Maunakea Skies talk on September 16 at 7:00 pm presented by Dr. Richard Green, Director of UKIRT Observatory. Green will discuss the telescope's use of infrared radiation and UKIRT's promising plans for the future. Read more >

Cost is $8 for Kupuna, Individual, Dual, and Family members; $6 for Patron Members; Free for Silver, Gold, and Corporate Members. Non-member rate is $10. Pre-purchase tickets at the 'Imiloa front desk or by phone at 932-8901. 
DomeClosurePlanetarium Closure September 18 - 23

'Imiloa's Planetarium will be closed for general maintenance beginning Sunday, September 18 and re-opening on Saturday, September 24, 2016.  We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause our visitors. 'Imiloa will be offering a discount of $5 off all levels of daily admission prices during this period. (Daily admission is free to members, as always.)
ASTROFamily ASTRO Training, September 22

Discovering Strange New Planets
Family ASRO Training ImageJoin Gemini Observatory for a new take on Family ASTRO at 'Imiloa on Thursday, September 22 from 3 pm - 5 pm. Learn about our solar system by exploring other stellar systems. Why is it so difficult to hunt for extrasolar planets? How do we go about detecting them? Use current findings and events as practical applications of classroom astronomy. This training is open to teachers, parents, organizations, and/or community members.

Gemini logoGemini Observatory along with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific has developed Family ASTRO to help families, youth groups, after-school clubs, and everyone in between enjoy learning about our Universe. For more information about the Family ASTRO program, please visit the Gemini Observatory website
PlanetariumScheduleNew Planetarium Show Lineup

September 1 - September 30
Tuesday - Sunday
12 pm            Skies Above Hawai'i (3D live show)
1 pm              Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky
2 pm              Asteroid: Mission Extreme (3D) NEW!
3 pm              We Are Astronomers

Saturday Keiki Show
10am             Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

Friday Evening Programming at 7 pm
September 2       Led Zeppelin
September 9       Led Zeppelin
September 16     Maunakea Skies
September 30     Stargazing Live

Visit our planetarium webpage to see our schedule.

Asteroid show posterWe Are Astronomers
Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
ImageImage of the Month

Collapse of Io's Atmosphere During its Daily Eclipses

Artist's concept image credits: Southwest Research Institute/Andrew Blanchard

Jupiter's moon, Io, is well known as the most volcanic body in the solar system with hundreds of volcanoes which continuously pump sulfur dioxide into its thin atmosphere. As the moon is so small, Io's atmosphere is sustained by this sulfur dioxide which remains as a gas when it is heated by the light of the sun. However, each day Io falls into the shadow of Jupiter for about two hours. During these daily eclipses the temperature for the moon drops from -235 F to -270 F, causing the sulfur dioxide gas to settle on the moon's surface as frost, and the atmosphere collapses. When the eclipse ends, sunlight again warms the surface, and the atmosphere reforms through sublimation, with ice converting again to gas.

Gemini Observatory recently participated in a study with the Southwest Research Institute to obtain the first direct observation of the daily collapse and reformation of Io's atmosphere.

Read the press release >
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