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December’s full moon to be a little less ‘super’

The “super” full moon of Nov. 13-14 was in fact the closest full moon since 1948. While the full moon of Dec. 13 is still referred to as a supermoon, it’s barely in the club. Read More
Updated on  November 26, 2016 at 10:51 pm
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Stunning ‘supermoon’ will light up November

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Updated on  October 30, 2016 at 12:36 am
We will have the biggest, brightest full moon in decades in November. We also lose Saturn and regain Mercury in November as Venus and Mars, opposites in myth, behave in a similar, steady manner. Read More
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5 planets are back in view over the islands next month

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Updated on  June 26, 2016 at 12:46 am
In July we are able to see all five “naked eye” planets, a mere six months after the last time this happened. Read More
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3 planets will brighten isles’ night sky in June

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Updated on  May 28, 2016 at 9:08 pm
Sky watching will be very good in the islands in June. A trio of bright planets is visible in the evening sky, including Mars, which remains unusually bright throughout the month. Jupiter and Saturn are clearly visible from the midevening sky as well. Read More
 
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Mars’ close proximity will brighten May sky

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Updated on  April 23, 2016 at 11:43 pm
May should be a great sky-watching month in Hawaii. Mars will be brighter and closer this May than any time in the past 10 years; Jupiter and Saturn dance in the midevening sky; Mercury transits the sun on May 9; and throughout the islands, the first of the year’s two “overhead sun” days occur, a phenomenon unique to the tropics. Read More
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Key stars and constellations will dot local skies in April

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This April should be a great month for sky watching. Every year, April is the best month to see nearly every key star and constellation in the Hawaiian night sky, literally from the North Star to the Southern Cross. Read More
 
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Partial eclipse to take bite from sun over isles March 8

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We will have a deep partial solar eclipse in Hawaii on the afternoon of March 8 when the moon passes between Earth and the sun and blocks part of the sun’s disk. Read More
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Follow these tips to locate February’s 5-planet parade

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Updated on  January 31, 2016 at 3:08 am
Throughout February, all five naked-eye planets — Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn — can be seen in the morning sky at the same time. Read More
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Sky watchers have a chance to catch a planetary parade

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Updated on  December 26, 2015 at 11:05 pm
During January, star gazers can view four of five planets with their naked eyes in the morning sky (Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn). In the final days of the month, Mercury joins theparty, making it possible, at around 6 a.m., to see all five planets at the same time with the naked eye. Read More

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