A very nice fogbow that appeared one morning on the way to work on the mauna. There was also a nice glimpse of the fresh snow further up. Click on the image for full size vividness…
I have noted a tendency among my fellow observers in our little local club… To observe the same objects over and over.
These are the big, bright, showpiece objects that we observe repeatedly. You know the ones… the Orion Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy, Omega Centauri, Eta Carina, Jewelbox, Etc.
I too visit old favorites in the night, stopping by to enjoy the beauty. I will also make it a point to view some new objects each observing session, something I have not seen before. Our universe has more to offer, there are many beautiful sights to be had that are all too often overlooked.Continue reading “Beyond Messier”
This evening, April 8th will offer a beautiful view with Mars and slim crescent Moon located between the Pleiades and the larger Hyades star clusters.
The Moon will be a slim crescent, only 14% illuminated. Mars will be 5° north (to the right) of the Moon, shining at +1.5 magnitude. Above and below will be the bright star clusters.
A nice night at Kaʻohe last night for the members of the West Hawaii Asrtonomy Club. As usual it was cloudy when we arrived, but cleared just after sunset leaving a very nice sky. While heavy dew shut most of us dawn after 11pm, we had several hours of very nice observing.
New Moon will occur today at 22:50HST.
This coming weekend, April 6th, offers an excellent dark night for observing. Get out and enjoy the dark!Continue reading “New Moon”
Over the next week Mars will pass by the Pleiades star cluster. The bright planet and the cluster should make a pretty arrangement in the evening sky.
Tonight the planet is 4° from the cluster. By Saturday, March 30th, the planet will be just over three degrees away. Through the next week the planet and cluster will slowly drift apart again.
The evening of April 8th will offer a beautiful view with Mars and slim crescent Moon located between the Pleiades and the larger Hyades star clusters.
The spring equinox will occur at 19:20HST today.
The equinox is defined as the time at which the Sun passes through the plane of the Earth’s equator. Until the fall equinox occurs on Sep 22nd, the Sun will be located in the northern hemisphere with a positive declination coordinate.
Today the length of the day and night will be very near equal, thus the term equinox. the Sun will rise and set nearly exactly due east and due west.
Today is considered the start of spring for most cultures in the northern hemisphere, or the start of fall for those in the southern hemisphere.
|2019 Apsides and Seasons|
|Event||Universal Time||Hawaii Standard Time|
|Perihelion||Jan 03||05:20UT||Jan 02||19:20HST|
|Spring Equinox||Mar 20||21:58UT||Mar 20||11:58HST|
|Summer Solstice||Jun 21||15:54UT||Jun 21||05:54HST|
|Aphelion||Jul 04||22:11UT||Jul 04||12:11HST|
|Fall Equinox||Sep 23||07:50UT||Sep 22||21:50HST|
|Winter Solstice||Dec 22||04:19UT||Dec 21||18:19HST|
|Data from US Naval Observatory Data Services|