HANAPEPE — Scientists from the University of Hawaii at Manoa Outreach College will be taking Kauai’s children to the stars and back.

Or at least recreating the lights they give off.

“Learning with Light” ignites Thursday at the Hanapepe Library to give children an opportunity to understand how astronomers use the light given by planets, stars and galaxies to understand their composition and temperature.

“It’s fun, it’s educational, it’s free,” head librarian Karen Ikemoto said.

The astrological evening begins at 6 p.m. and will feature an experiment set up by astronomy graduates Nick Lee and Kelly Blumenthal teaching about electric lights and gases.

“We can learn what things are made out of from the light they give off,” said Roy Gal, outreach coordinator for the University of Hawaii at Manoa Institute for Astronomy. “From a scientific standpoint, it’s to give people some insight into how we learn about the universe when we can’t touch these distant objects (stars).”

Gal will be hosting a second seminar for children at the Princeville Library at 2 p.m. Friday, where kids will create models of the planets and the sun.

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