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Attention Hawai’i college students: The deadline to apply for a summer internship with Akamai Workforce Initiative has been extended to Feb. 28! Undergrads studying a STEM subject are eligible for paid, hands-on work experience doing real science and engineering projects with local employers. Learn more and apply at: www.akamaihawaii.org... read more

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Lāhainā Noon Challenge

Lāhainā Noon Challenge

This year PUEO is hosting the first annual #LāhaināNoonChallenge.  For this challenge, we want you all to film and document this tropics-only phenomena as it takes place in each of your locations! Post your videos or pictures on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and make sure to tag us and use the hashtag #LāhaināNoonChallenge. The goal of this challenge is to document this special day and better understand the seasonal nature of the Sun’s journey here in our island state Lāhainā noon marks the day when the Sun becomes our zenith star, so no shadows are cast when it reaches zenith (the point directly overhead).  Over the next few days/weeks: #getoutdoors and observe the shadows each day around noon and try to observe this phenomenon for yourself!  Latitude determines when youʻll experience lāhainā noon. Since the Sun is currently progressing north in its journey, the first location that will experience this event is #SouthPoint, Hawaiʻi Island on Friday, May 14th. One of the last places in the island chain to experience the first of the lāhainā noon pairs will be Lihuʻe, Kauaʻi on May 30th.  Then the cycle will reverse, and Lihuʻe, Kauaʻi will experience its second lāhainā noon on July 14th, and South Point, Hawaiʻi will experience the last lāhainā Noon event in the state on July 27th.  For a more detailed list of lāhainā noon locations and dates, check out this wonderful resource from Bishop Museum at https://bishopmuseum.org/lahaina-noon/ The chart below from the Bishop Museum gives the overhead sun dates and times for several locations in 2021: Līhuʻe, Kaua‘i, 22o NMay 30, 12:35 p.m.July 11, 12:43 p.m.Haleʻiwa, O‘ahu,... read more

PUEO Invited Speaker – Searching for Asteroids from Space

Dr. Joseph Masiero has worked to provide internships for our UH Hilo astronomy students.  Joe is keenly interested in helping our Hawaiʻi students with skills training and getting them placed into astronomy related careers. On Friday, he will be giving a talk about his research and NEOCam.   Just a little preview – he uses space-based observations to detect asteroids, but also works with ground-based observing campaigns to do follow-up characterization of these potentially dangerous, yet insightful objects... read more