Friends Enjoy Stargazing
by Joan Yanagihara
The next Friends of Hawaii Astronomy Stargazing
event is scheduled for March. If you would like to participate, please
contact Joan Yanagihara at 956-6712 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the Friends of Hawaii Astronomy and their guests
gathered for two Summer Stargazing events, once each in July and August. Good
weather and the first quarter Moon made for pleasant viewing conditions on both
Institute Director Rolf-Peter Kudritzki welcomed the stargazing
participants, and Outreach Scientist Jim Heasley provided a brief introduction
outlining the evening's highlights. Members and guests then took turns viewing
the Moon; planets Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn; binary stars; and two nearby galaxies
through portable telescopes (see related story on pg 5) attended by graduate
students led by Mike Cushing.
Some participants identified planets and various constellations
visible with the naked eye or binoculars, while others relaxed and enjoyed refreshments
and each other's company between sessions at the telescopes. The monthly star
charts, "Evening Skies Over Hawaii," produced by the Institute and
mailed to the Friends, greatly assisted the stargazing activities.