Hilo astronomy fans gather for 15th annual AstroDay

Astronomy fans attend AstroDay in Hilo

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Astronomy fans in Hilo headed to Prince Kuhio Plaza for the 15th annual AstroDay over the weekend.

The event featured more than 40 exhibits, demonstrations and activity areas as well as musical performances.

Guest speakers from the Mauna Kea obervatories talked with guests about exploring the solar system.

"AstroDay is great for the community because the observatories and all the staff members can share what they know, share all the wonderful discoveries made by the different Mauna Kea observatories, so its one big event when there are a lot of astronomers, a lot of engineers, and we get to talk to a lot of people at the same time," said Nadine Manset, chair of the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee.

The winner of the Mauna Kea coin contest was also announced. This year's winner was fourth-grader Taya Lampman from the E.B. de Silva Elementary School in Hilo. Her design will be used on a coin that will be sold in the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station.

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