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Skywatch September 2017

The last Skywatch! Aloha everybody, This will be the final Skywatch article. I am delighted and a little wistful to announce that I have accepted the position of Planetarium Director at Liberty Science Center [...]

Solar Eclipse Overview

  Basics: Total Solar Eclipse over much of the continental US, August 21, 2017 The August 21 solar eclipse, will be the first total solar eclipse over the continental US since February 26, [...]

Skywatch August 2017

For much of the United States, the biggest astronomy story for 2017 is the total eclipse of the sun that occurs over much of the continental US on Monday August 21, 2017. From the [...]

Skywatch July 2017

While we’ve lost the Southern Cross from the Hawaiian Islands by the time July starts (not to return till December), July does provide a last chance to catch the brilliant stars Alpha and Beta [...]

Skywatch June 2017

This June provides a great chance to see the solar system’s biggest planets, Jupiter and Saturn, throughout most of the evening. June is also the final time each month to catch the Southern Cross. June [...]

Skywatch May 2017

Lāhaina Noon returns! In the tropics, the sun passes overhead twice during the year. On these two days, at local noon, the sun will be exactly overhead and an upright object such as a [...]

Skywatch April 2017

April is always a good time to spot most of the famous constellations in one night in the islands; April 2017 has the added bonus of being able to catch all five of the naked [...]

Skywatch March 2017

All five naked-eye planets are visible in March, and there is at least one planet visible at any time through the night. Spring starts, and the continental US goes back to daylight saving time. A [...]

Skywatch February 2017

The planets continue to put on a good show in February 2017. The Big Dipper returns to our evening skies, as it does every winter, and the Southern Cross brightens the predawn sky. Planets in [...]

Skywatch January 2017

Planets in January 2017   Venus, Mars and the moon at dusk As it’s done since August, Venus continues its role as a blazing beacon in the west sky at dusk in January; in [...]

Skywatch December 2016

Planets in December 2016 Venus: queen of the sunset sky Venus maintains the role it has had all fall as a blazing beacon in the west sky at dusk. In early December Venus shines [...]

Skywatch November 2016

An interesting November for planets is ahead of us; we lose Saturn and regain Mercury in November, as Venus and Mars, opposites in myth, behave in a similar, steady manner. We have the biggest [...]

Skywatch October 2016

Planets in October Venus holds steady all month Venus is that blazing light you see in the western sky at dusk all month, outshining all other points of light in the sky. The planet’s [...]

Skywatch September 2016

Bright Venus hangs low in the west at dusk all month, as we lose its companion Jupiter.  Saturn and Mars also start the month together, but separate by September’s end.  As autumn stats we lose [...]

Skywatch August 2016

August 2016 features a gathering of planets just above the sun at dusk, and the return of the most famous meteor shower. There is a chance to catch all five naked-eye planets at the same [...]

Skywatch July 2016

In July 2016 we are able to see all five ‘naked eye’ planets in the sky, a mere six months after the last time this happened. (Prior to winter 2016, it had been a decade since [...]

Skywatch June 2016

Sky watching is very good in the islands this June. There is a trio of bright planets in the evening sky through the month, including Mars, which remains unusually bright through the month. Jupiter and [...]

Skywatch May 2016

May should be a great skywatching month in the islands. Mars will be brighter and closer this May than any time in the last ten years; Jupiter and Saturn also dance in the mid-evening sky. [...]

Skywatch April 2016

April 2016 should be a great month for sky watching. Every year, April is the single best month to see nearly every key star and constellation in the Hawaiian night sky, literally from the North [...]

Skywatch March 2016

We will have a deep partial solar eclipse in the Hawaiian Islands on the afternoon on March 8, 2016. In a partial solar eclipse, the moon passes between the earth and the sun and blocks [...]

Skywatch February 2016

For the last week of January and all of February 2016, all five naked eye planets can be seen in the morning sky (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn) at the same time. These are the [...]

Skywatch January 2016

For all of January 2016, four of the five naked eye planets can be seen in the morning sky (Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn). In the final days of the month, Mercury joins the party, making [...]

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