Monthly Astronomy Article

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 in Jersey City, New Jersey, across from the bright lights of lower Manhattan. Liberty Science Center is in the process [...]

2017-08-26T10:36:22+00:00 Monthly Astronomy Article|

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, 1979. While we won’t see a total eclipse here in the islands, a partial solar eclipse will actually be visible [...]

2017-08-18T11:20:34+00:00 Monthly Astronomy Article|

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 Hawaiian Islands, this eclipse will be visible as a partial solar eclipse at dawn on August 21; viewers in Hawai‘i [...]

2017-08-18T11:27:44+00:00 Monthly Astronomy Article|

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 Centauri, the best summertime examples of stars we see in Hawaii and don’t see from most of the rest of [...]

2017-07-05T09:40:44+00:00 Monthly Astronomy Article|

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 Star Map and its wonders Since many of the great sights of our June sky are seen clearly on our [...]

2017-06-05T12:04:06+00:00 Monthly Astronomy Article|

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 flag pole will have no shadow. This phenomenon only occurs in the tropics; the sun is never overhead in any [...]

2017-06-06T10:55:59+00:00 Monthly Astronomy Article|

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 eye planets for at least part of the month. The Lyrid meteor shower returns on April 21 and 22, this [...]

2017-06-05T12:04:17+00:00 Monthly Astronomy Article|

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 very brief goodbye to Venus Venus begins the month in a blaze of glory, dominating the western sky in early [...]

2017-06-05T12:04:21+00:00 Monthly Astronomy Article|

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 February 2017   Venus, Mars and the moon at dusk February begins as January did, with the beautiful sight of [...]

2017-06-05T12:04:25+00:00 Monthly Astronomy Article|

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 fact, this current appearance of Venus is the planet’s best evening appearance in five years. The year starts with the [...]

2017-06-05T12:04:32+00:00 Monthly Astronomy Article|