Sky-viewing program at Haleakala Summit begins Saturday
The Maui News
Haleakala National Park’s “Stars Above Haleakala” night sky astronomy series will be held throughout the year, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with a “Star Talk.”
“Haleakala has long been considered a world-class spot for stargazing, and these new astronomy programs will enable people to learn more about the stars above us and deepen connections to the night sky,” said Night Sky Ranger Laurel McKenzie.
Programs will include star talks, full moon hikes and telescope parties, as well meteor shower gazing.
All programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Those attending should dress warmly and bring something comfortable to sit or lay on and are urged to bring a pair of binoculars. To preserve night sky vision, only red lights will be permitted during the programs.
Star talk offers stargazing with the naked eye. Those attending will discover constellations, current science and cultural significance of Hawaii’s night skies. The 45-minute program is held at the Haleakala Visitor Center at 9,740 feet.
The Stars Over Haleakala programs after February follow:
• Star Talk, 7:30 p.m., March 21.
• Full Moon Hike, 7:45 p.m., April 8 (sign-up required).
• Star Talk, 7:45 p.m., May 23.
• Star Talk, 8 p.m., June 13.
• Star Talk, 8 p.m., June 20.
• Full Moon Hike, 8 p.m., July 4 (sign-up required).
• Telescope Party, 8 p.m., July 25.
• Perseid Meteor Shower Observation, 8 p.m., Aug. 12.
• Telescope Party, 7:45 p.m., Aug. 29.
• Star Talk, 7:45 p.m., Sept. 19.
• Telescope Party, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 17.
• Full Moon Hike, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 31 (sign-up required).
• Star Talk, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 14.
• Geminids Meteor Shower, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 13.
Full Moon Hikes take advantage of the moon’s light on a guided ranger-led hike along the Keonehe’ehe’e Trail into Haleakala Crater. This trail is considered strenuous due to the change in elevation. All participants should dress for a hike, including comfortable walk shoes, and bring water. Red lights will be provided. The hike is limited to the first 12 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. To sign up, visit the Haleakala Visitor Center Information Desk on the day of the program; no advance registrations can be made. The 1.5-hour program begins at the visitor center.
Telescope Parties offer attendees a glimpse of the solar system and deep space objects with the help of a telescope. The one-hour program is held at the Haleakala Visitor Center.
Prior to attending the program, attendees should check with the park’s social media for last minute cancellations due to weather. For more information, go to www.nps.gov/hale.