Institute for Astronomy

From: Laura Bashlor <>
Subject: Institute for Astronomy
Date: Mon, 16 Sep 1996 18:08:39 -0400

LFM teachers,

A Native American cyber-friend has put me in touch with this interesting
man.  I will be forwarding his messages into this list, with his
permission, of course.  I am sure he would enjoy hearing from some of
you, as well.

Hi, LauraLou-
        I'm a software engineer at the Institute for Astronomy,
University of Hawaii.  My tenants, Kevin and Bridget Hardwick in Portland OR,
mentioned to me that you are a Net aquaintance and are interested in astronomy
topics; that you are a teacher, and are looking for interesting things to
stimulate your students.  The Hardwicks asked me some time ago to forward
astronomy-related URL's to them, which I have been doing.
        I just found out recently about the NASA Picture of the Day, and
sent them a copy of the URL.  They mentioned that you are having trouble
running it.  Let me know if I can be of assistance.
        Our home page here at the Institute for Astronomy is  If you want to see an observatory under
construction, a picture is posted every 15 minutes of the Gemini 10--meter telescope
building under construction at the 14,000-ft. summit of Mauna Kea.  Its
URL is
        The dome with the "snout" in the background is the U of H 88"
telescope, the first major telescope on the mountain (1970).  The snout
is a crane port for bringing large objects into and out of the dome.  The
telescope looks through the other side of the dome, where the slot is.
        A picture tour of the summit area of Mauna Kea is at
        Sorry for the impossibly complicated URL.  I didn't do it.  Hope
you can use copy and paste instead of typing it in manually.  Otherwise,
keep the underscores and dashes straight.  The pictures were taken from a
helicopter moving around the summit area, a few hundred feet above the
ground.  Really spectacular views.
        Jim Harwood
        Institute for Astronomy, U.H.