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Skywatch: Summer brings views of planets and Milky Way

July brings a transition between two celestial star families as Kaiwikuamo‘o (the Backbone) works its way toward the western horizon and Manaiakalani (the Fishhook) appears in the east. Read more

Skywatch: Program grants Hawaiian names to celestial objects

Kekaomakali‘i, the Canoe Bailer, is now filling the western region of the sky. In this starline we can make out the recognizable stars that make up Kaheiheionakeiki, also well known as Orion the Hunter. Read more

Orionid meteor shower to light up night skies

The twin stars in the bucket of the Little Dipper, Holopuni (Kochab) and Hoku­mau (Pherkad) are good clues for determining latitude in the southern hemisphere. Read more

September skies offer views of Saturn, Mars

The four star families are modern Hawaiian inventions that have been used consistently by the voyaging community for 25 years. Read more

Jupiter, Venus to shine brightly in June sky

As spring turns to summer, the months of May and June have provided Polynesian mariners the best season for making a Tahiti-to-Hawaii Pacific passage. Read more

Skywatch: Spring brings new starline

On March 20 the sun crossed north over the equator in an event called the equinox, a juncture when daylight and nighttime are about equal in length, heralding the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. The Hawaiian word associated with this season is Kupulau (Sprouting Leaf). Read more

Using the stars to make landfall

This month we focus on the third and final skill set essential for celestial navigation. After orienting the canoe and determining the canoe’s position at sea, the final challenge becomes making landfall. Read more

Navigating by stars and nature’s clues

To navigate the seas using only the stars and other clues from nature, one needs to learn three essential functions: orienting the canoe, determining the canoe’s position at sea and making landfall. Read more

Hawaiian navigation, space exploration led the way in 2017

From the completion of the epic voyage of the Hokule‘a to the naming of an asteroid detected from Hawaii, and the latest findings of gravitational waves in space, 2017 has been an exciting year for astronomical explorations on Earth and in space. Read more

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