Maui Astronomy Club

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Current Moon Phase


Waning Crescent Moon
Waning Crescent Moon

The moon is currently in Pisces
The moon is 24 days old

Distance: 58 earth radii
Ecliptic latitude: 4 degrees
Ecliptic longitude: 332 degrees

Image of the Day

Weather on Maui

Global Selfie Event

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NASA invites you — and everyone else on the planet — to take part in a worldwide celebration of Earth Day this year with the agency’s #GlobalSelfie event.

The year 2014 is a big one for NASA Earth science. Five NASA missions designed to gather critical data about our home planet are launching to space this year. NASA is marking this big year for Earth science with a campaign called Earth Right Now, and as part of this campaign the agency is asking for your help this Earth Day, April 22.

While NASA satellites constantly look at Earth from space, on Earth Day we’re asking you to step outside and take a picture of yourself wherever you are on Earth. Then post it to social media using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie.

Here are the details…click here 

TLE Photos

OMG! What an incredible Total Lunar Eclipse last night!  Thanks to everyone who made it to La Perouse – we sure did have some fun. The weather was perfect and the eclipse was sublime. Over 100 people packed the parking lot. Here are some photos from some of our members! Thanks for sharing.

Photo Credits: John Hara, Becky Sydney, George Steckler, Steve McGee, Doug Levin

Good Weather Ahead and Above

Aloha Eclipsers!

Tonight should be good weather to view the Total Lunar Eclipse on Maui! Yay.

HEADS UP: I’ve heard of other groups that are meeting at La Perouse to observe the eclipse. La Perouse doesn’t have a lot of parking so I’m getting there super early to get a spot. If you can’t find parking I’m not sure what to tell you……….Makena Road is narrow with not much space on either side……you may need to walk quite a way if parking down the road.

If it looks cloudy at La Perouse when I get there, I may want to relocate to a better spot……so please be flexible if you wish to join me. I will leave a sign taped on the porta-potty if I leave with directions.

Fingers are crossed!

Here we come Blood Moon!!!! Check out some interesting info below.

I found this on a religious website ….. it’s pretty interesting….. http://www.jesusonmymind.com/services
And this site too….. http://watch.org/showart.php3?idx=104119

Seven back-to-back, blood-red moons have fallen on the first day of Passover and Sukkot, with the eighth time coming in 2014 and 2015
Mark found that we have had blood-red moons on the first day of Passover and the first day of Sukkot on back-to-back years seven times since 1 A.D. Three of these occurrences were connected to 1492 (the final year of the Spanish Inquisition), 1948 (statehood for Israel and the War of Independence), and 1967 (the Six-Day War) — some of the most significant days in Jewish history.

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First Total Lunar Eclipse of 2014

Aloha LUNAtics!
I’m so excited about the first Total Lunar Eclipse in a series of 4 Total Eclipses that will take place this year and in 2015.

Lunar Eclipse in Hawaii on 14 April 2014

MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014 is when the eclipse starts for Maui. Start time is 7:58pm and ends at 11:33pm.

FOR ASTRONOMY CLUB MEMBERS ONLY (that’s you)…..please do not bring a bunch of friends or neighbors since La Perouse is small and there’s limited parking for Members.

7:30pm – 11:30pm
La Perouse Bay
Event is free but donations are always welcomed!

  • Bring a blanket, chair or lay on your car to enjoy the Moon passing thru the Earth’s shadow.
  • During totality, the Moon should turn a reddish color! I’m hoping to get some good photo shots of this!
  • Bring water, snacks and if you have some music to play that would be great.BE FLEXIBLE! If the weather is cloudy or rainy at La Perouse that night, I will travel to a place where it will be clear! Perhaps Kihei, Lahaina or UpCountry.

An email will be sent Monday around 3pm for a weather call.

Bring your scope, camera, binoculars, flashlight, etc.
I will have my 8” scope there and high powered binoculars.