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Constellations, planets, Lyrids show off in April

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. Read More

Brightest planets to take turns illuminating March

All five naked-eye planets are visible in March, and there is at least one planet visible at any time through the night. Read More

Venus, Mars and Jupiter continue to light the sky

The planets continue to put on a good show this February. The Big Dipper returns to our evening skies, as it does every winter, and the Southern Cross brightens the predawn sky. Read More

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

Stunning ‘supermoon’ will light up November

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

August glitters with ‘star’ shower, planet powwow

This August features a gathering of planets just above the sun at dusk, and the return of the most famous meteor shower. Read More

5 planets are back in view over the islands next month

In July we are able to see all five “naked eye” planets, a mere six months after the last time this happened. Read More

3 planets will brighten isles’ night sky in June

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

Mars’ close proximity will brighten May sky

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

Key stars and constellations will dot local skies in April

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

Partial eclipse to take bite from sun over isles March 8

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

Follow these tips to locate February’s 5-planet parade

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

Sky watchers have a chance to catch a planetary parade

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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