Maui Astronomy Club

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New Moon

The moon is currently in Cancer
The moon is 27 days old

Distance: 63 earth radii
Ecliptic latitude: -5 degrees
Ecliptic longitude: 106 degrees

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Weather on Maui

Sun Rests on the Brains Day

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.[4] 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:
Hilo
May 18 12:16 p.m.
July 24 12:26 p.m.

Kailua-Kona
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.

Lihue
May 31 12:35 p.m.
July 11 12:42 p.m.

Kane‘ohe
May 27 12:28 p.m.
July 15 12:37 p.m.

Honolulu
May 26 12:28 p.m.
July 16 12:37 p.m.

Kaunakakai
May 25 12:24 p.m.
July 16 12:34 p.m.

Lana‘i City
May 24 12:24 p.m.
July 18 12:34 p.m.

Lahaina
May 24 12:23 p.m.
July 18 12:33 p.m.

Kahului

May 24 12:22 p.m.
July 18 12:32 p.m.

Hana
May 23 12:20 p.m.
July 18 12:30 p.m.

La Perouse Stargazing

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.

http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/factsheet/saturnfact.html

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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.