Maui Astronomy Club

Current Moon Phase

Waxing Crescent Moon
Waxing Crescent Moon

The moon is currently in Aquarius
The moon is 4 days old

Distance: 63 earth radii
Ecliptic latitude: -1 degrees
Ecliptic longitude: 317 degrees

Image of the Day


5th Night of the Moon

Aloha Moon Lovers!

Years ago when I was studying all I could about astronomy, I stumbled upon an old Farmers Almanac which had the most interesting astronomy knowledge ( Farmers Almanac traces its format and tradition to Benjamin Franklin’s  Poor Richards Almanack).
I learned that our ancestors had such a great understanding of nature and the cycles and rhythms of planets, the Moon, the Sun, the stars, weather, agricultural, and life itself.  Much like the native Hawaiians and their profound respect and relationship to nature, I wanted to learn all I could.
One of the articles I read was about the 5th day of the Moon being a predictor of weather.  What ever the weather is like on the 5th day of the Moon will be the trending pattern of weather for the next 30 days!  So if it’s windy on this day……there will be lots of wind in the coming weeks.  If it’s cloudy island wide…..expect a lot of clouds for 30 days!
I have been testing this theory for 19 years!  And it has been 95% accurate!
You may have noticed this year that Feb., March, April and May were very cloudy months……guess what?!  It was in accordance with the 5th day of the Moon!!
So go outside and check the weather today.  This is what it will be like for the next moon cycle.  I’m so happy because Makawao is clear as a bell today (so rare as of late)!
Test the theory yourself.  It will amaze you.

June 2018 Sky Highlights

JUNE 2018 Viewable Stars, Planets & Constellations

Summer Solstice, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Big Dipper, Bootes, Arcturus, Corvus, Centaurus, Vega, Corona Borealis, Hercules, Southern Cross, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Meteor Showers: alpha Scorpiids, Sagittarids, Bootids

June 2 – Waning Moon phase (dark skies until June 19 when Moon is much brighter)

June 6 – 3rd Quarter Moon

June 9 – Mercury creeps into western sky after sunset

June 12 – ISS flies near Polaris 7:40pm  Hubble crosses Venus at 8:35pm

June 13 – New Moon – Hubble near Venus 8:25pm and ISS too!

June 14 – ISS in North 7:32pm  –  Hubble near Venus 8:14pm

June 15 – Crescent Moon below Venus  –  Hubble flies by them at 8:03pm

June 16 – Moon above Venus  –  Hubble in west at 7:54pm

June 20 – 1st Quarter Moon – bright Moon nights begin- SUMMER SOLSTICE

June 23– Moon kisses Jupiter

June 26 – Bootids Meteor Shower

June 27 – Full Moon

May 2018 Celestial Highlights

MAY 2018 Viewable Stars, Planets & Constellations

Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Big Dipper, Bootes, Arcturus, Corvus, Centaurus, Scorpio, Southern Cross, Venus, Jupiter, Meteor Showers: eta Aquarids, eta Lyrids, alpha Scorpiids Meteor Shower

May 1 – Waning Moon phase (dark skies until May 21 when Moon is bright)

May 4 – Moon next to Saturn. May the 4th be with you!!

May 5 – eta Aquarid Meteor Shower – best after midnight. Moon kisses Mars.

May 7 – 3rd Quarter Moon (dark skies continue)

May 8 – eta Lyrid Meteors – best seen early morning.  Jupiter at opposition.

May 12 – alpha Scorpiid Meteors

May 15 – New Moon

May 17 – Moon and Venus kiss

May 21 – 1st Quarter Moon – bright Moon nights begin

May 27 – Moon kisses Jupiter

May 29 – Full Moon

March 2018 – Exciting Astronomy

Hey Astrophiles,

March is another awesome month for astronomy……lets just hope this cloudy weather goes away so we can see it!
Blue Moon !  Equinox !  Hubble Space Telescope sightings !  Venus and Mercury  !  and more.
Tonight March 1 is Full Moon…..the first of 2 happening this month…..which means March 31 is another (amateur astronomer) Blue Moon!  Yippeeee.
Also, watch for Venus low in the West after sunset……Mercury, the trickster, will be dancing by Venus the night of March 5.
I’m looking to have a stargazing party on Saturday March 17……on the New Moon……details to follow.
Spring Equinox is March 20.  See you soon.   Becky – Maui Astronomy Club

March 1 – Full Moon

March 5 – Venus and Mercury kiss low in west after sunset

March 7 – Hubble in W at 7:53pm

March 8 – Hubble in W at 7:43pm

March 9 – 3rd Quarter Moon / Hubble in W at 7:33pm

March 10 – Hubble in W at 7:23pm

March 11 – Hubble in W at 7:13pm

March 12 – Hubble in W at 7:03pm

March 17 – New Moon

March 20 – Spring Equinox

March 31 – Blue Moon – 2nd Full Moon in March


Aloha and Happy New Year!
I’m so excited for the upcoming SUPER BLOOD MOON TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE!  Jan. 30 – 31, 2018
Be sure to mark your calendar for the night of Tuesday,  Jan. 30 and we finish Wednesday,  Jan. 31.
I am thrilled to announce that the Institute for Astronomy in Pukalani is offering their place for us to view!! Thank you JD Armstrong!!
Address: 34 Ohia Ku St – Pukalani ……below the Longs Drugs Store
If you are in Lahaina, Eddie at the Hyatt Regency is also hosting the event…..go to the rooftop of the Lahaina Tower to find him.
I will be setting up my scope in the parking lot of IfA and will rest in my car if I feel I need a nap…….eclipse happens from 12:51am with totality at 3:29am and finishes after 5am!!!
We’ll have a little party!!!  I can bring pizza, however it will be cold pizza by midnight 🙂   Bring a chair or mat or sleeping bag to be comfortable.  Bring water or beverages.
I’ll be there before midnight the night of Jan. 30, to set up and get things ready.  You can at your leisure and leave anytime.
Let me know if you are interested so I can add you to the list……include your phone number too just in case we get weathered out.  EMAIL ME :
All are invited! Invite your friends!  Hope to see you under the Blood Moon!


Event UTC Time Time in Wailuku* Visible in Wailuku
Penumbral Eclipse begins Jan 31 at 10:51:13 Jan 31 at 12:51:13 am Yes
Partial Eclipse begins Jan 31 at 11:48:27 Jan 31 at 1:48:27 am Yes
Full Eclipse begins Jan 31 at 12:51:47 Jan 31 at 2:51:47 am Yes
Maximum Eclipse Jan 31 at 13:29:51 Jan 31 at 3:29:51 am Yes
Full Eclipse ends Jan 31 at 14:07:51 Jan 31 at 4:07:51 am Yes
Partial Eclipse ends Jan 31 at 15:11:11 Jan 31 at 5:11:11 am Yes
Penumbral Eclipse ends Jan 31 at 16:08:29 Jan 31 at 6:08:29 am Yes

Hau’oli Makahiki hou = HNY

Happy New Year from the stars. And it will certainly be a happy year for astronomy!

Wow, we are starting the new year with a bang!

January 1 = Full Moon and Super Moon on January 1, 2018 and a 2nd Full Moon (Blue Moon) on Jan.30!

Jan. 30/31 will also be a rare TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE seen from Maui…..a blood Moon.

January 30/31 will be a BLUE MOON, SUPER MOON AND BLOOD MOON!!!   Wow!

Hoping to get the Club together to observe but it starts at midnight and totality is at 3:29 AM!!

See you next year!  Becky Sydney

Event UTC Time Time in Wailuku* Visible in Wailuku
Penumbral Eclipse begins Jan 31 at 10:51:13 Jan 31 at 12:51:13 am Yes
Partial Eclipse begins Jan 31 at 11:48:27 Jan 31 at 1:48:27 am Yes
Full Eclipse begins Jan 31 at 12:51:47 Jan 31 at 2:51:47 am Yes
Maximum Eclipse Jan 31 at 13:29:51 Jan 31 at 3:29:51 am Yes
Full Eclipse ends Jan 31 at 14:07:51 Jan 31 at 4:07:51 am Yes
Partial Eclipse ends Jan 31 at 15:11:11 Jan 31 at 5:11:11 am Yes
Penumbral Eclipse ends Jan 31 at 16:08:29 Jan 31 at 6:08:29 am Yes


DECEMBER 2017 Viewable Stars, Planets & Constellations:

Saturn & Mercury low in west, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Pleiades rising, Taurus, Gemini, Cassiopeia, Capella, Vega, Deneb and Altair, Great Square of Pegasus, Geminid and Ursid Meteor Showers, Andromeda, Perseus holding Medusa’s head

December 1 – Hubble rises 7:00pm low in South

December 2 – Hubble rises 6:48pm low in South

December 3 – Full Moon at perigee (closest) – Hubble 6:38pm South

December 4 – Hubble rises 6:28pm  SW

December 5 – Hubble rises 6:18pm  West

December 6 – Hubble rises 6:08pm next to Saturn & Mercury

December 9  – Last quarter Moon

December 12  – Geminid Meteor Shower

December 17  -NEW MOON

December 18 – Moon at apogee (farthest)

December 20 -Urside Meteor Shower

December 21 – Winter Solstice!

December 25 – 1st Quarter Moon

December 31 – 2018 Begins!!

Total Solar EXCITEMENT!!! August 21, 2017

I”m so excited to see my first Total Solar Eclipse next week, Monday Aug. 21, 2017!  Going to Oregon to view totality!

The Eclipse will be broadcast live on TV and on-line…..The Weather Channel, NASA website, CNN website, Time and Date website and YouTube to name a few.

I’ll share my photos!  Hope you get to see it!!

Here is the full article from Newsweek:

To find out what time it’s happening where you’ll be Go to:

So many planets, so little time!

Planet 10? Another Earth-Size World May Lurk in the Outer Solar System 

 A planet-size object may be orbiting the sun in the icy reaches of the solar system beyond Pluto.

Scientists at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) have determined that an unseen object with a mass somewhere between that of Earth and Mars could be lurking in the Kuiper Belt, a region beyond Neptune filled with thousands of icy asteroids, comets and dwarf planets.

In January 2016, a separate group of scientists predicted the existence of a Neptune-size planet orbiting the sun far, far beyond Pluto  about 25 times farther from the sun than Pluto is. This hypothetical planet was dubbed “Planet Nine,” so if both predictions are correct, one of these putative objects could be the solar system’s 10th planet.

NASA releases Kepler survey catalog with hundreds of new planet candidates


NASA’s Kepler space telescope team has released a mission catalog of planet candidates that introduces 219 new candidates, 10 of which are near-Earth size and orbiting in their star’s habitable zone, which is the range of distance from a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of a rocky planet.

This is the most comprehensive and detailed catalog release of candidate exoplanets, which are planets outside our solar system, from Kepler’s first four years of data. It’s also the final catalog from the spacecraft’s view of the patch of sky in the Cygnus constellation.

With the release of this catalog, derived from data publicly available on the NASA Exoplanet Archive, there are now 4,034 planet candidates identified by Kepler. Of those, 2,335 have been verified as exoplanets. Of roughly 50 near-Earth size habitable zone candidates detected by Kepler, more than 30 have been verified.

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