November 10, 2011|Karen B. Clarkson, R(B), ePRO|Big Island: Weather and Nature
Skygazing from the Big Island of Hawaii
What a thrill it was see the International Space Station from Waimea earlier this week and to know there are astronauts aboard flying the craft at 17,000 mph 240 miles above the earth! Opportunities like this are just one of the joys of skygazing on the Big Island. With just a little advance planning, Big Island residents and visitors can see all kinds of wonderful sights with the naked eye or binoculars, including the Southern Cross, the Milky Way (both spectacular sights in summer) and Omega Centauri. We can follow Mars moving in retrograde and much, much more.
Mauna Kea -- A Destination for Astronomers
Our night skies are fairly free of light pollution and the elevation of Mauna Kea makes the Big Island a desirable destination for both professional astronomers and astronomy enthusiasts. According to the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy, there are currently 13 telescopes on Mauna... Read More
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