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Black Friday today and Open House next Friday

Aloha astronomy lovers!  

This Friday 9/30/16 is a Black Moon and Friday 10/7/16 is IfA Open House!

No reason to fear Friday’s “black moon”

By BRIAN MASTROIANNI CBS NEWS September 29, 2016, 5:33 PM

On Friday a relatively rare lunar event will take place – a shadowy phenomenon known as the “black moon.” Yes, it sounds apocalyptic, but a “black moon” is nothing bad.

And while it will rise above the Western Hemisphere, there won’t really be anything to see.

What is it? A “black moon” is simply a spooky nickname for the second new moon to fall in a calendar month. A “black moon” occurs about once every 32 months.

While a full moon happens when the moon’s Earth-facing side is fully illuminated by the sun, a new moon is when the side we see is fully covered in shadow. As a result, the new moon is basically invisible to Earthlings looking up at the sky.

This “black moon” officially occurs at 8:11 p.m. EST on Sept. 30, 2016.  (3:11 p.m. Hawaii Time)

For those in the Eastern Hemisphere, it will already be after midnight on Oct. 1. To make things a little complicated, since it won’t be the second new moon in a calendar month on that side of the globe, it doesn’t qualify as a “black moon” there. However, the Eastern Hemisphere will get one at the end of October.

The appearance of a crescent moon a few days after this new moon will usher in the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, beginning Sunday evening Oct. 2, and the Islamic New Year, Muharram, on Monday, Oct. 3 – two holidays guided by the lunar calendar.

Photo from Maui Astronomy Club member Victor Rogus in Florida
September 29, 2016, before dawn, and as the Sun rose a 2% illuminated Moon was joined in conjunction with the Planet, Mercury! partly cloudy skies parted just enough to display this beautiful sight in the East.
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IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN!  INSTITUTE FOR ASTRONOMY OPEN HOUSE!!!

JD Armstrong want to invite you all to the 10th annual IfA Maui Open House.  Many of you have been to previous Open Houses, and know how much fun they are.  We will have an Infrared camera demonstration,  student science displays, short talks about science on Haleakalā, and more.

Open House
Friday October 7, 2016         6pm to 8 pm

Look through a telescope
Lab Tours
Fun demonstrations
Talks about Science on Haleakalā

The Institute for Astronomy is located in Pukalani, between Longs and Kamehameha Schools.  Please park on the street.

The Open House will be held rain or shine, but some activities will be weather permitting.

 
Too much fun!
Becky Sydney
Maui Astronomy Club

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