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    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.

    Eta Aquarid meteor shower to peak this week, here’s the best time to watch

    POSTED 6:18 AM, MAY 3, 2017, BY

    With all the buzz about the total solar eclipse this summer, some may have forgotten that a meteor shower is set to peak this week.

    The annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower is usually active between April 19 and May 28. This year, it will peak around May 5 or May 6.

    The best time to view the shower will be during the early morning of May 6, just before dawn, NASA Meteoroid Environment Office lead Bill Cooke told  Cooke said as many as 30 meteors per hour can be expected.

    People living in the Northern Hemisphere should look toward the southern horizon. People in the Southern Hemisphere should look north. People living near the equator, or even as far as Gulf Coast cities, will get the best views of the shower.

    Want to see the shower without hurting your neck? Experts say you should lie on your back – not only will it give you the most expansive view of the sky, but no neck-craning is necessary.

    Where did the Eta Aquarid meteor shower come from?

    The Eta Aquarids is one of two meteor showers created by debris from Halley’s Comet. Meteor showers happen when dust grains burn up in Earth’s atmosphere.

    The Earth will pass through Halley’s path a second time this year. This creates the Orionid meteor shower, which peaks around October 20.

    Halley’s Comet takes around 76 years to make a complete revolution around the sun. The next time it will be visible from Earth is in 2061.


    APRIL 2017 Viewable Stars, Planets & Constellations:

    MERCURY, MARS & JUPITER!  Stellar Nurseries, Nebulae, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Orion, Sirius, Leo, Ursa Major, Virgo, False Cross, Southern Cross, Meteor Showers.

    April 1  – Mercury in West until 4/15/17

    April 3  – Half Moon

    April 6  – Jupiter at opposition in East

    April 10 – Full Moon! Hubble telescope visible in W at 8:18pm

    April 11  – Hubble telescope visible in W at 8:08pm – Moon rises 7:25pm

    April 12 – Dark skies return  Hubble 7:58pm

    April 13 – Hubble 7:48pm in W

    April 14 – Hubble 7:38pm in W

    April 15  – Hubble 7:28pm in W

    April 18 – 3rd Quarter Moon – Dark skies

    April 22 – Lyrids Meteor Shower

    April 26 – New Moon