Aunt Mimi’s Astro-Bash!


Come explore the mysteries of cold space at the Hilo Public Library when Aunty Mimi’s Astro-Bash rolls into town!

If you are a Big Island resident living in Hilo, Hawai’i, you may have seen these Aunty Mimi’s Astro-Bash posters up around town!

“Science, especially astronomy, is such an awesome and messy adventure,” said Mimi Fuchs, also known as Aunty Mimi. “It’s fun and wild, full of curiosity, it’s stimulating and at the same time it makes our lives better. I love that the Astro-Bash will give families a glimpse into this world. Everyone deserves educational experiences that excite them.”

The Astro-Bash is not your typical classroom lecture. Instead, it features hands-on explorations and an interactive live show about the extreme temperatures of outer-space. With the power of science at their fingertips, the Astro-Bash team can recreate these extreme environments right here in Hilo for you to discover.

“Mimi’s passion and energy is so refreshing,” says Sylvia Kowalski, an intern at Gemini Observatory and organizer of the Astro-Bash event. “Mimi is an accomplished astrophysicist, but she always brings her work down to Earth to empower learners with everything she has. I wish every project I worked on felt like Mimi was involved!”

Aunty Mimi, Miriam Fuchs, explores the wonders of cold here on Earth by safely handling frozen carbon dioxide, commonly called dry ice.

The Astro-Bash headliner is no stranger to creatively engaging learners in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects. Currently, Mimi works as an astrophysicist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Submillimeter Array (SMA) on Maunakea. Prior to SMA, she held positions with the Franklin Institute and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) creating live science curriculum, portable science educational programing, science camp activities, and cultural astronomy resources. Her work aims to entertain, excite and empower all students. No matter your age or background, science at the Bash is guaranteed to be a blast!

Aunty Mimi’s Astro-Bash is a free, family event, suitable for all ages. The event is first-come, first-served and space is limited. Please contact the Hilo Public Library at (808) 933-8890 if a sign language interpreter or other accommodations are needed.

When: Wednesday, January 11th, from 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Where:Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo, HI 96720

What: Astro-Bash: Frozen Science Fun for the Whole Family

Who: Keiki and families of all ages. Hosted by Gemini Observatory, The Hilo Public Library and The Smithsonian Astrophysical Submillimeter Array (SMA)

Why: To explore, engage, create and celebrate science as community!

Aunty Mimi takes a break from her photo shoot to share a shaka with our readers.

Aunty Mimi’s Astro-Bash is a collaboration between Gemini Observatory, The Hilo Public Library and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Submillimeter Array and is part of Gemini’s year-long Journey Through the Universe program. Journey Through the Universe promotes sustained education in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and is a celebration of exploration and the joys of learning science and astronomy. In 2016, the program celebrated its twelfth anniversary on Hawai‘i Island and during this period has engaged over 50,000 students, visiting over 3,000 classrooms during Journey weeks. For more information on Journey Through the Universe, please visit our website.

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