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Skywatch: Unique lunar eclipse will grace Hawaii skies

Astronomers using the Gemini Observatory on Mauna Kea are pulling apart a mystery surrounding two galaxies that collided 25 million to 30 million years ago, informally known as the “Taffy Galaxies” for their twisted shape. Read more

Skywatch: Comet might be visible on clear February night

The nearly two-week-long Mauna Loa eruption that started in late November stopped before it reached the cross-island Daniel K. Inouye Highway, which would have disrupted commutes for Hawaii island residents and, potentially, access to the Mauna Kea Observatories. Read more

Skywatch: Lahaina noons will make isle shadows disappear

The Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa hosted its annual open house April 10 for the first time since lockdowns began in 2020, which also coincided with the celebration of Powehi Day — a state-recognized day celebrating the first image of a black hole ever captured. Read more

Skywatch: Watch meteors zoom by and days change length throughout December

The four stars that form the corners of Ka Lupe a Kawelo, the Great Square of Pegasus, are excellent pointer stars that show the direction of both the north and south celestial poles, and serve as an indicator of the path they take across the night sky as they move from the eastern to the western horizon. Read more

Skywatch: Lunar eclipse, meteors enliven November sky

As Nahiku (the Big Dipper) sinks below the western horizon, Iwakeli‘i (Cassiopeia) and Kalupeakawelo (the Great Square of Pegasus) climb high into the northeastern sky, signaling the arrival of Makali‘i (Pleiades) in the star house ‘Aina Ko‘olau on the star compass. Read more

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