Maui Astronomy Club

Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon
Waning Gibbous Moon

The moon is currently in Libra
The moon is 18 days old

Distance: 58 earth radii
Ecliptic latitude: 5 degrees
Ecliptic longitude: 207 degrees

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    Pisces Sun / Virgo Moon

    Aloha Skywatchers, Looking up to this evenings sky we can observe the Moon rising (5;50 pm, Hawaii time), before the sun sets (6;25 pm hawaii time). If you happen to have a telescope you might be able to catch a glimpse of Mercury conjucting Neptune in Pisces.Look at where the Sun is setting, in the first degree of Pisces to view Mercury & Neptune in the middle degrees of Pisces.

    This Full Moon in Virgo is considered a super moon because it appears approximately 30 times larger then average,(according to

    Tomorrow night (Feb 19), the Virgo supermoon will rise after the Sun sets (approximately 6:55pm Hawaii time). with clear skies it should be a spectacular celestial sight!


    Mars conjunct Moon

    Aloha stargazers, Looking up at this evenings sky you should be able to spot red hot, fiery Mars, conjuct a waxing Moon in Aries. Also if the skies are clear and you look through a telescope you may be able to see the planet Uranus very close to mars, perfecting their conjunction on Feb 13.

    Lunar New Year

    Happy Lunar New Year!

    The Lunar new year is the first New Moon in Aquarius. This is the beginning on the Earth Pig/Boar year.

    Total Lunar Eclipse Jan. 20, 2019

    Maui will get to experience the first Total Lunar Eclipse of the year on Sunday, January 20, 2019
    The NASA page says Jan. 21 because they report eclipses using Universal Time UT which is 10 hours ahead of Maui.
    On Sunday the 20th, the Moon will be rising in the east around 6:00pm while in eclipse! Should be cool. 
    Look to the east!  Totality happens at 7:12pm and Moon should appear orangish.
    Here are the times of the eclipse in HST Hawaii Standard Time and Universal Time UT
    Heather may have a gathering to view this and will be in touch.  Hope you get to see it!!!  …… Becky Sydney
    Eclipse starts Jan. 20: 4:36pm HST  2:36am UT
    Moon in Shadow 6:41pm HST 4:41am UT
    Maximum eclipse 7:12pm HST 5:12am UT
    Moon leaves umbra 7:43pm HST 5:43am UT
    Moon in penumbra 8:50pm HST 6:50am UT

    New Leader for Maui Astronomy Club

    Aloha Maui Astronomy Club,
    Happy 2019 New Year!  I want to introduce you to Heather Green.  She will be the new coordinator for the Maui Astronomy Club. 
    I have retired and will be moving to New York in the months to come.
    I’m so happy Heather is eager and willing to take the baton!  Thank you Heather!!
    As a beginner in astronomy, please come together and share your knowledge with Heather and with the group at the gatherings.
    Everyone will learn together as you keep your eyes to the skies!  And if anyone can share your telescope at gatherings that would be great too.
    Heather will be in touch with everyone soon.  I still need to send her the member contact list and website details. 
    She will continue to email you cool space news and create gatherings for everyone to attend.
    If you have any questions or comments or suggestions for Heather, here is her email address:
    Welcome her onboard! 

    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

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