April’s Maui Astronomy Public Talk will be given by Dr. Tom Schad.
“Over the centuries, humanity has tuned its existence to Earth’s seasons, created by our yearly travel around the Sun. At the dawn of the Machine Age, however, the seasons of the Sun itself proved influential to our progressing world. In this talk, we will explore the cycles of solar activity, and study the impact of these cycles throughout the heliosphere and on our modern society. We will learn of the interplay of new and old methods for the study of solar epochs, and anticipate the great advances of the Senator Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) currently being built on Haleakalā.”
ALOHA! Don’t forget about the Total Lunar Eclipse this Friday, April 3, 2015.
Hebrew year 5774 – Islam year 1435 – Star Trek star date 308984
Aloha Totality Troopers!
|Event||UTC Time||Time in Honolulu*||Visible in Honolulu|
|Penumbral Eclipse begins||Oct 8 at 8:17 AM||Oct 7 at 10:17 PM||Yes|
|Partial Eclipse begins||Oct 8 at 9:18 AM||Oct 7 at 11:18 PM||Yes|
|Full Eclipse begins||Oct 8 at 10:27 AM||Oct 8 at 12:27 AM||Yes|
|Maximum Eclipse||Oct 8 at 10:55 AM||Oct 8 at 12:55 AM||Yes|
|Full Eclipse ends||Oct 8 at 11:22 AM||Oct 8 at 1:22 AM||Yes|
|Partial Eclipse ends||Oct 8 at 12:32 PM||Oct 8 at 2:32 AM||Yes|
|Penumbral Eclipse ends||Oct 8 at 1:32 PM||Oct 8 at 3:32 AM||Yes|
Mark your calendar for the annual Open House of the IfA, located at 34 Ohia Ku Street, Pukalani, Maui.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 – 6:00PM – 8:00PM – INSTITUTE FOR ASTRONOMY
The fun kicks off at 6pm with interesting guest speakers, science demonstrations, liquid nitrogen ice cream and telescope observation.
For more information please email JD Armstrong jd@IfA.Hawaii.Edu
Or call 573-9500 or visit our web site:
Hope to see you there!
Thanks to those who made it to the crater last night! Wow! It was an 11!!!! Can’t wait to show you Johanna’s picture of the Milky Way!
We met for sunset at the summit and stayed there until 7:30pm meeting up with the Club then we voted to go to the crater parking lot near the restrooms because it was less windy.
We observed until after 9pm seeing Saturn, M6, M22, M16, NGC6231, M8 looking their best! Lots of satellites and meteors too.
Hosmer’s Grove was a rare sight! You could read by the light of the Milky Way!!! Got to campsite after 10pm and built a wondrous fire. Stayed up with Johanna, John and Chica talking story.
I had so much fun I will probably camp there again next Thursday night if anyone wants to join me
FROM JD ARMSTRONG: The next Maui IfA Public talk will be help on August 29th at 6:30 pm. Dr. Hiromu Nakagawa will be talking about “Remote Sensing of Martian “Life”: Evidence From Haleakalā”.
The Maui IfA is located at 34 O’hia Ku Street in Pukalani — between the upcountry Longs and Kamehameha schools.
“Remote Sensing of Martian “Life”: Evidence From Haleakalā”
Dr. Hiromu Nakagawa
Recent extensive exploration of Mars by the US and Europe has provided a wealth of new information about our neighbor and has significantly changed our perspective on the red planet. Mars is sometimes called “a frozen water planet,” but it almost certainly experienced a warm and wet climate in the past. The question, “Why and when did Earth and Mars diverge?” is essential for understanding how the the development of life depends on environment. Here we discuss our attempts to find evidence of life on Mars using dedicated instruments on Haleakalā.
Live video of the talk will be available at:
and the flier can be found at:
Maui’s Solar Alignment!
Friday, July 18, 2014 is Lahaina Noon day. Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. where the sun can be directly overhead and not cast a shadow. Cool!
If you are in Hana that day, the alignment will occur at 12:30pm: Kahului at 12:32pm and Lahaina at 12:33pm. Take a photo and see for yourself!
Wikipedia: Lahaina Noon is a tropical solar phenomenon where the sun passes exactly overhead at solar noon (the sub solar point). The term “Lahaina Noon” was coined by the Bishop Museum in Hawaiiand is only used locally.
Because the subsolar point travels only through the tropics, Hawaii is the only state in the United States to experience Lahaina Noon. The rest of the nation recognizes the summer solstice as the event when the sun’s rays are closest to being direct.
Hawaii and other locations between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn receive the sun’s direct rays as the apparent path of the sun passes overhead before the solstice and retreats to the south afterwards. At the exact time of Lahaina Noon, which can occur anywhere from 12:17 to 12:43 p.m., objects that stand straight up (like flagpoles, telephone poles, etc.) will not cast a shadow. The most southerly points in Hawaii experience Lahaina Noon on earlier and later dates than the northern parts. For example, in 2001 Hilo on the Island of Hawaiʻi encountered the overhead sun around May 18 and July 24, Kahului, Maui on May 24 and July 18, Honolulu, Oahu on May 26 and July 15 and Lihue, Kauai on May 31 and July 11. Between these two dates, the sun is slightly to the north at noon.
Chosen in a contest sponsored by the Bishop Museum in the 1990s, Lahaina Noon was the selected appellation because lā hainā (the old name for Lahaina, Hawaii) means “cruel sun” in theHawaiian language. The ancient Hawaiian name for the event was kau ka lā i ka lolo which literally translates as “the sun rests on the brains.”
Lahaina Noon 2014 times and locations for all islands:
May 18 12:16 p.m.
July 24 12:26 p.m.
May 18 12:20 p.m.
July 24 12:30 p.m.
South Point Island of Hawai‘i
May 15 12:19 p.m.
July 28 12:28 p.m.
May 31 12:35 p.m.
July 11 12:42 p.m.
May 27 12:28 p.m.
July 15 12:37 p.m.
May 26 12:28 p.m.
July 16 12:37 p.m.
May 25 12:24 p.m.
July 16 12:34 p.m.
May 24 12:24 p.m.
July 18 12:34 p.m.
May 24 12:23 p.m.
July 18 12:33 p.m.
May 24 12:22 p.m.
July 18 12:32 p.m.
May 23 12:20 p.m.
July 18 12:30 p.m.
Aloha Maui Astronomy Club members!
I finally have a night off to do some stargazing with the Club!
Hope you can join me. Due to popular demand, our next gathering will be at La Perouse.
This is for members only due to lack of space. Please don’t bring friends or relatives (unless they are members:-)
If you’d like to join me, send an email with your name. Only have space for 25 people.
Come see PLANETS GALORE! Jupiter, Mars, Saturn
Thursday June 26, 2014
7pm – 9pm
La Perouse Bay
Come for sunset and get a good parking spot.
Carpool if you can.
Please bring a flashlight (preferably red light) and a chair or blanket… the ground is hard lava.
I will send an email that day around 2pm with a weather update. If it’s expected to rain or be cloudy, I will reschedule.