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Pacific Resources for Education and Learning

Building Capacity Through Education

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Our Earth is part of a solar system, which is made up of the sun, planets, and other objects, including asteroids and meteoroids. The eight planets and their moons revolve around the sun, resulting in the different seasons of the year.

Cycles in our Solar System

Our Earth, the Sun, and the Stars

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A long time ago, people thought that Earth was at the center of the universe. Their daily lives were in balance with the rising and setting of the sun each day. However, the view of their world changed as new tools, such as the telescope, were invented. Today we know that the sun is the center of our solar system, and day and night occur as Earth rotates on its axis.

Our solar system is just one part of a huge group of stars called the Milky Way Galaxy. This Milky Way Galaxy is only one of billions of galaxies that make up the universe. Have you ever wondered what keeps Earth and all of the planets in place instead of flying off into space? All of the objects that make up our universe are kept in place by natural forces, such as electromagnetism and gravity. ii

Forces in our Universe

Our Earth, the Sun, and the Stars Earth: A Place in the Universe An overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . i-ii Understanding our Earth, the Sun, and the Stars Ka l is the Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1- 4 Navigating with the Stars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7 Keikioewa Kapua Links the Past, Present, and Future . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 KA NHOU Galileo Galilei Looks Beyond Earth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-10 FACTOIDS Frequently Asked Questions about our Earth, the Sun, and the Stars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-12 Earths Rotation A Cycle of Day and Night. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-14 Our Earth, a World Clock Worlds Standard Time. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15-16 Phana Activities and Projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17-18 Reading for Information Helpful Reading Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Hawaiian Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Resources and References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Credits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
2011 PREL The contents of this publication were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.


Ka L is the Day

Understanding the movements of the sun during the day and the stars that appear at night was important to the Hawaiian people. They observed them closely and depended on their movements to guide their daily activities. The sun, ka l, was therefore regarded with great respect.

Haleakal, Worlds Largest Dormant Volcano

Haleakal is still a wahi pana. It means a place with special meaning. It is the worlds largest dormant volcano. A dormant volcano is one that isnt active or erupting. However, it could erupt one day. Haleakal last erupted more than 200 years ago (in 1790). It is 10,023 feet above sea level. It is so high that its peak rises above the clouds. Viewers at the top can see the horizon up to 115 miles out to sea. This is why the top of Haleakal has about 15 minutes more sunlight than the communities on the coast below.

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Many legends about ka l were passed on from one generation to the next. In the legend, Why Mui Snared the Sun, Mui captures Kal, the sun, and slows it from traveling too fast across the sky. The story of Mui explains why some days are longer than others. According to one legend, heleakal was a snare made by Mui to capture Kal. heleakal eventually became known as Haleakal, the house of the sun.

Akak nuenue

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Have you seen a reflection rainbow? You might be able to see one on Haleakal if the weather is right. You must be at one of the lookouts above the clouds. Stand at the edge of the crater, with the sun directly behind you, so your shadow appears on the clouds below. You will see your own shadow on the upper surfaces of the clouds surrounded by a rainbow. The Hawaiians call this awesome phenomenon akak nuenue (reflection rainbow). This reflection rainbow can be experienced at only a few other places. It is described in the legends of Brocken, which is the highest peak in the Harz Mountains in Germany. They call their rainbow the Spectre of Brocken. It has also been reported in Cairngorm, Scotland.

Ka l was not just a brilliant sun. Ka l was the day. It provided sunlight for warmth and energy so farmers could grow their crops, fishermen could fish, and children could play on the warm beaches.

Try This

Imagine yourself as the sun. Face in the direction you are traveling from sunrise to sunset. Stretch your hands out. Your right hand points to the kau, which is north. Your left hand points to the hema, which is south. This is how the Hawaiian people established where the islands were located.

Ka l Served as a Compass

During the day, the suns path across the sky was used to point out directions. The sun rose or entered from the eastern direction, which the people called kkulu hikina. It set, or entered, the sea in the western direction, called komohana.
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To remember them, directions were named after places. For example, the Hawaiian phrase, ka hikina a ka l i Haehae or the rising of the sun at Haehae (Hawaii) was used to describe the direction of the rising sun. Lehua, an island west of Niihau, was known as the moku k ili l, the sun-snatching island. So, sunset was often referred to as lehua.

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Making Connections

Why Mui Snared the Sun is one of many stories that parents or grandparents told their children. The Hawaiians told stories about the world around them, such as the sun and the stars. Locate and read another story about Mui that explains why something in nature is the way it is. Add this to your class collection of favorite stories.

We know that the Pacific navigators understood the movements of the sun. Their chants tell us
Ulu o ka l. The sun grows. Said of the light of sunrise just as the suns rim touches the horizon. The morning sun is used for navigation to determine the direction of east. (Pukui, 2870, p. 314)

How could they find the islands before they even saw them? To locate the Hawaiian Islands, they first watched for the North Star (Polaris), which they called Hkpaa (fixed star). It wasnt a brilliant star, but could be spotted when they found the Big Dippers two pointers. See if you can find the North Star by following the Big Dippers pointers.

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How to Locate Hkpaa, the North Star (Polaris)

1. Find the Big Dipper. 2. Find the two brightest stars (pointers) on the Big Dippers bowl. 3. Draw an imaginary line through the two stars toward the Little Dippers handle. 4. The brightest star in the Little Dipper is Hkpaa.


What happened at night? During the night, they used the stars to steer their canoes across the ocean. Each night they watched the same groups of stars cross the sky. These stars were signals to help them steer in accurate directions (north, south, east, and west).
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Around 350 BC

Greek philosopher Aristotle taught that Earth was at the center of the universe. He believed that the sun, moon, stars, and planets moved in perfect circles around Earth.

Around 150 BC

Greek astronomer Claudius Ptolemy added to Aristotles geocentric model by explaining that the planets moved in circles (epicycles) that moved on other circles (deferents).

Keikioewa Kapua Links The Past, Present, and Future

Keikioewa Kapua is a Hawaiian Cultural Specialist at Kamehameha Schools Program Support Division, Learning Resource Section When Orion (Oliona) showed directly overhead, they knew they had reached the equator. They then looked for familiar star groups. They knew the names of more than 150 of them. They memorized their places in the sky.
E ike ka hk o ka nalu, o hk ula, o hk lei Behold the stars of the waves, the red star, the wreath of stars. When the rising and setting stars are near the ocean horizon, they provide clues to direction. [From a chant in the story of Pakaa and Kuapakaa.] Polynesian Voyaging Society, (n.d.) They also knew that some of the star groups appeared to pass directly above (zenith) the islands. Hawaiis zenith star was Arcturus or Hklea. Hklea means Star of Happiness. Once they saw Hklea directly overhead, they knew they had reached Hawaii. Before they knew about the science of astronomy, the Hawaiians used their eyes to make careful observations of Earth and sky. They used their memory to keep accurate maps of what they saw. They created chants, dances, and stories to describe what they knew. They passed these stories from one generation to the next. The lelo noeau (proverbs or traditional sayings) were short oral words of wisdom that guided Hawaiian daily lives. Although they were short, these sayings held several layers of meaning. Keikioewa Kapua shares a short but powerful proverb that was meaningful to the Hawaiians and continues to guide practices today. Kau ka l i ka lolo, hoi ke aka i ke kino. (Pukui 1611, p. 174). It is translated as The sun stands over the brain, the shadow retreats into the body. Said of high noon, when the sun is directly overhead and no shadows are seen an important time for some ancient rites and ceremonies. Keikioewa explains, A persons shadow is part of ones body. This means that ones mana (spiritual power) extends from head to the end of ones shadow. When the sun is directly overhead, the shadow retreats into ones body. This is when one experiences great personal power. This explains why special events and ceremonies are held at noon. In ancient times, alii who captured the opposing alii would wait until noon to kill him because that is when his victims mana would be at its highest. Today, many Hawaiian schools hold uniki or graduations at noon. Other events, such as hula festivals and departure of canoes on long trips, are held at high noon.


Navigators who left their homeland, observed the movement of the sun, stars, and ocean swells to help guilde them across hundreds of miles of ocean.

Hklea is also the name of the canoe that is being used today to study and understand how the early navigators crossed the ocean.

Captain Cook arrived in Hawaii in 1778. He and his crew brought spyglasses, compasses, charts, and clocks. How do you think these tools gradually changed the navigators view of Earth, the sun, and stars?
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Making Connections

Do you know of other lelo noeau (proverbs or traditional sayings passed from one generation to the next) about the importance of the sun and stars to the Hawaiian people? To other early cultures? Locate and read one to share with the class. Record the wise saying or lesson of the story in your E Hoomau! journal.


Islamic astronomer Al-Zarqali proposes a model of the solar system with the planets moving in elliptical orbits around the sun.


Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus sparks an intellectual revolution when he published his heliocentric theory that the planets, including Earth, orbit the sun in perfect circles.

Think About It Before Galileo, the people believed that Earth was the center of the solar system. The sun and stars traveled around Earth. The church had also established this belief. What might have been some reasons for this belief? Shocking Discovery Upsets the Church Rome, Italy, 1611 Galileo Galilei thinks he has proof that the sun, and not Earth, is the center of the solar system. Church leaders are upset. They call this idea false. They have established that Earth is more important than the sun. How could Galileo prove that the church is wrong?

Galileo Would Never Know!

Geocentric: Earth is the center of the solar system.

Before the invention of the telescope, people studied the sun, moon, and stars by watching their movements. They observed the sun and stars rise and set, and the moon appear in the sky. They could not feel Earth move, so they believed that Earth was the fixed or nonmoving center of the solar system. Everything else circled around it.

Heliocentric: The sun is the center of the solar system.

Galileo claimed that the sun is the center of the solar system. Earth and other planets travel around the Sun.
Galileo Placed Under House Arrest
Rome, Italy, 1633

November 4, 1992 Pope John Paul II clears Galileo Galilei o of his charges. Galile s. would never know thi ars He had died 350 ye before. The Pope said that Galileos ideas his were established by ns. scientific observatio It had nothing to do with the beliefs of the Church.

Galileo did not invent the telescope, but was the first to use it to study the stars, moon, and planets. He captured his discoveries in his journal, The Starry Messenger.

Who Invented the Telescope?

If Galileo Galilei didnt invent the telescope, then who did? Galileo was the first to use the telescope to look at the stars, but he didnt invent it. It was Hans Lipperhey. He was a German eyeglass maker. According to stories, his children were playing with his lenses and discovered the idea of the telescope.
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Galileo Galilei was arrested this morning by church leaders. He has continued to teach the heliocentric view of the solar system. As he left the trial, it is reported that Galileo muttered to himself, Nevertheless, it (Earth) does move. (The Columbia Encyclopedia, Conflict with the Church. 2004)

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With his telescope, Galileo was able to see the craters on the moon. He saw the moons of Jupiter and the different phases of Venus. Explore what we can see with todays telescopes. Check out the images of space at http://heritage. html. What do you think Galileo would be most ld surprised about if he cou these images? see


German astronomer Johannes Kepler publishes his three Laws of Planetary Motion, which describe how the planets orbit the sun in flattened circles called ellipses.


Italian scientist Galileo Galilei uses his telescope to observe the phases of Venus and four moons orbiting Jupiter. Galileos observations support his theory that the planets orbit the sun.


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How Hot is the Sun?

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The sun is a glowing sphere of gas. The center of the sun is about 27 million degrees Fahrenheit. This heat is created when hydrogen gas changes into helium gas. The surface of the sun is approximately 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Thats hot! How does this compare to the temperature where you live?

Each culture has its own name for the sun. The name sun is the translation of sol, an ancient Roman name. The ancient Greeks called their sun helios. Their legends tell about how Helios rode across the sky in a chariot of flames. The early Hawaiians called their sun ka l.

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Why do Stars Twinkle?

As light travels through these layers, the light refracts. That means it bends or changes directions as it passes through the layers. The bending of the stars light makes it appear to twinkle.


Earths Rotation

Each day, the sun appears to rise in the east, travels across the sky, and then sets in the west, bringing on the darkness of night. It seems like Earth is standing still, but it actually is not! In fact, this cycle of day and night occurs because of the way Earth moves. The sun really doesnt rise or set at all! It is Earth that rotates, or spins counter clockwise, to cause day and night.

What Is Earths Axis?

What is Earths axis? It is an imaginary line that passes through the center of Earth extending from the North Pole to the South Pole. We say that this line through Earth is the point around which Earth rotates. Earths axis is sometimes called its rotational axis. Did you notice that Earth does not spin upright? It is slightly tilted to one side.

One Day, 24 Hours

Imagine Earth spinning as a top does. A new day begins wherever you are as your part of Earth spins to face the sun. This is when you see the sun rise in the east. At the same time, it is night for the places that spin away from the sun. It takes 24 hours for Earth to complete one spin on its axis. The time it takes for Earth to make that one spin or rotation is what we call a day.

Why is Earth Tilted? Your Turn

To see this is so, you can do a simple experiment. First, find a round object. If you have a globe, you can use that, or a ball, or even an orange. Think of the round object as Earth. Next, find a source of light, like a table lamp or a flashlight. Think of this as the sun. Turn it on and point it at the round object from the side. You can see that one side of the globe is in the brilliant light. Thats like the part of Earth that is having daylight. The part away from the light is dark. This is like the part of Earth that is having nighttime. So part of Earth is having daylight and part is having night at the exact same time. Now turn the globe or ball so that the middle turns and the top and bottom stays in the same place. This is what happens when Earth rotates on its axis.

Scientists believe that the tilt is the result of Earth colliding with large objects. This happened as it was formed about four billion years ago. Before the planets were formed, dust and rocks floating around crashed into each other. As they did, they stuck together to form planets. It seems that Earth was knocked around quite a bit and ended up with a tilted axis of about 23 degrees. We will see how the tilt results in longer hours of daylight when traveling around the sun.

How Fast does Earth Rotate?

Earths surface at the equator moves about 25,000 miles in 24 hours. That is about 1,040 miles per hour. Almost makes you dizzy, doesnt it? This speed decreases as one moves in the direction of both poles. This is because the circumference of Earth decreases to 0 at the poles where the speed is 0 miles per hour.

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Think About It

Making Connections

Look around you. Is Earth really spinning? What do you see that shows Earth is spinning at a rate of 1,040 miles per hour?

What would be the effect if our Earth rotated at a faster pace? What would be the effect if it did not rotate? Record your reflections in your E Hoomau! journal.


What Time is it Where You Live?

Think About It

What time is it where you are right now? What time is it in Washington, DC? Is it earlier or later than your time? Find out how the world clock works.

A long time ago, knowing the time of day was simple. You looked to see how high the sun was in the sky. That was before people began to travel long distances in trains and planes. As people traveled longer distances between different communities, knowing the right time became important. This is why time zones were created in 1883. Today in our time system, there are 24 hours in a day. This means that it takes Earth 24 hours to rotate, or spin around, one time. Because it takes Earth 24 hours to rotate each day, Earth was divided into 24 one-hour regions called time zones. As Earth rotates, the sun appears to move westward covering one time zone each hour.

International Dateline


Prime Meridian

Imaginary lines called standard meridians run north and south through each time zone. The 0 or prime meridian is where the time zones start. It is located in Greenwich, England. From Greenwich, the zones are numbered east and west starting with 0 through 180 which is located on the opposite side of Earth from Greenwich. This is where the international date line was established.

Gain a Day, Lose a Day

Making Connections

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The international date line is located in the Pacific Ocean. Each time the sun passes over this date line, another day is counted. If you are traveling west, like going from Hawaii to Japan, and cross the international date line, you are in the next day, like from Monday to Tuesday. If you are traveling east, like from Japan to Hawaii, and cross the international date line, you are in the previous day, like from Tuesday to Monday. The standard time zones work well as people travel or do business with others in different places around the world. All clocks within a time zone are on the same time. When people travel to another time zone, they adjust their watches to the standard time of the current zone.

24 Time Zones Around the World. You are the sun, rising at 7:00 a.m. Monday in Hawaii. Moving in an east direction, where is it 12:00 p.m. on Monday? (Eastern North America) Where is it 7:00 p.m. on Monday? (in Europe) Dont forget, you are crossing the international date line. This is where the clock is turned back one day. Where is it 12:00 a.m. on Monday? (Asia / Australia) Where is it 7:00 a.m. on Monday? (Hawaii)



1 large weaker convex lens (Convex lenses are thicker in the center, like a magnifying glass) 1 small more powerful concave lens (Concave lenses are thinner in the center) 2 cardboard tubes (One should slide inside the other)

(Activities and Projects)

Wonder how people kept time using the sun? Before clocks were invented, the sundial was used to measure time using the sun. A sundial is made up of two parts: a base and a gnomon. A gnomon is the hand of the sundial. The first type of sundial was probably made using material from the environment.

Make a Shadow Sundial

Convex Lense Light Light Concave Lense


1. Mount the larger lens on the far end of the larger tube with hot glue or tape. 2. Mount the smaller lens on the end of the smaller tube. This will serve as the eyepiece. 3. Line up the lenses so the centers of the tubes and lenses are parallel with each other.


1. Use a low-powered convex lens and a high-powered concave lens. (Magnifying glasses are convex lenses.) 2. Dont look at the sun through the lenses. 3. Lenses can be found at optical stores.


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To get tubes of the right length, look through the smaller lens while holding the larger one in front of it. Move the larger lens to a distance to focus on an object in the distance. Measure the distance between the two lenses and double the measurement. The two tubes should be this length.

There are many different kinds of telescopes. The telescope you just built is called a refractor telescope. The two lenses work together to magnify a distant object. The large convex lens (also called the objective lens) collects the light from the object you are looking at. The shape of the lens refracts (bends) the light. The light then passes through the eyepiece lens, which makes the image larger. It will make it several times larger than what you can see with your own eyes.

1. Find a space with a flat surface. 2. Have someone stand so his/her shadow calls on the marked numbers. 3. At each hour of the day, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. mark the spot where the shadow falls with a marker (e.g., small rock). Continue this over several days. You may need to adjust the rocks. 4. Compare the time between your sundial and your watch. See how accurate you can get your sundial time with your watch.

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Information and skills you are expected to know and demonstrate after you complete Our earth, the Sun, and the Stars
1. Explain the relationship between the sun and Earths daily rotation. 2. Use the science and grade-level vocabulary words and word-learning strategies with accuracy. 3. Use graphics and cause and effect text structures to help you understand what you read.

approximate adj. very close to, but not exact The approximate date of Haleakals last eruption is 1790. astronomy n. the scientific study of the stars, planets, and other natural objects beyond Earths atmosphere Ancient Hawaiian knowledge of astronomy was based on their careful observations of the moon, stars, and sun. axis n. an imaginary line through Earths center from the North Pole to the South Pole Earth turning on its axis results in day and night. It takes Earth 24 hours to complete one turn on its axis. brilliant adj. very bright or shiny; bright in color On a clear night, we can see the brilliant stars in the sky. capture v. (1) to put into a form that will last Galileo was sure to capture what he saw in the sky in his journal. (2) to take control of by force; to catch Mui captured the sun, Ka l, to slow its journey across the sky. establish v. to show to be true Galileo established that the sun is the center of the universe. glare n. a very bright, strong, dazzling light When looking through a telescope, avoid the glare of the sun. gradual adj. changing very slowly over a long period of time Do you feel the gradual increase of temperature during the day? rotate v. to turn around on an axis Earth rotates on its axis at an approximate rate of 1,000 miles per hour. solar system n. the sun, its eight planets and their moons, and all the other objects that travel around it All of the planets and objects in the solar system travel around the sun.

Reading Tools to Help You Read for Information Look for Text Features
Drawings, timelines, diagrams, and photos help you understand the text information.

Understand Cause and Effect Text Structures

Look for text patterns and signal words that explain reasons or causes for an event or phenomenon. In fact, this cycle of day and night occurs because of the way Earth moves. The sun really doesnt rise or set at all! It is Earth that rotates, or spins counter clockwise, to cause day and night.

Look for Roots of Words

The root, or main part, of astronomy is aster- or astro-, a Greek root meaning star

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(the study of stars)

(one who travels in space)


Science Words to Know

astronomy n. the scientific study of the stars, planets, and other natural objects in space Hawaiian knowledge of astronomy was based on careful observations of the moon, stars, and sun. axis n. an imaginary line through Earths center from the north pole to the south pole Earths turn about its axis results in day and night. It takes Earth 24 hours to complete one turn on its axis. rotate v. to move to a new position by turning around a fixed point Earth rotates on its axis at an approximate rate of 1,000 miles per hour at the equator. solar system n. the sun, its eight planets and their moons, and all the other objects that travel around it All of the planets and objects in the solar system travel around the sun.

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heleakal n. a snare to capture Ka l kau n. north (facing the direction of the suns path, the right hand points to the north) Haleakal n. the house of the sun hema n. south Hklea n. Arcturus, the guiding star for navigators (Hklea means Star of Happiness) Hk paa n. (fixed star) North Star honua n. earth, world ka l n. the sun Kal n. the sun in the legend, Why Mui Snared the Sun Ka Nhou n. The News komohana n. west (where the sun enters the sea) kkulu hikina n. eastern direction Lehua n. an island west of Niihau (Lehua is associated with a setting sun) Maui n. name of one of the Hawaiian islands Mui n. the hero and trickster in Hawaiian legends
lelo noeau n. Hawaiian proverbs and wise sayings

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