By Mike Shanahan, Special to the Star-Advertiser on March 26, 2017
By Mike Shanahan, Special to the Star-Advertiser Posted on March 26, 2017
Updated on March 25, 2017 at 10:40 pm
April is always a good time to spot most of the famous constellations in one night in the islands. April has the added bonus of being able to catch all five of the naked-eye planets for at least part of the month.
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.
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.
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.
By Mike Shanahan Bishop Museum Posted on March 27, 2016
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.
By Mike Shanahan Bishop Museum on December 27, 2015
By Mike Shanahan Bishop Museum Posted on December 27, 2015
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.