GardenNews.biz - Jan 31,2011 - Bishop Museum Highlights Astronomical Events Coming In 2011
Honolulu, HI - Every year Bishop Museum’s Watumull Planetarium provides a calendar of astronomical events for Hawai‘i’s location and time zone. The Museum has published its online list of significant 2011 astronomical events, with a special emphasis on events visible from the Hawaiian Islands. The newly released list for 2011 is posted on the planetarium website: http://www.bishopmuseum.org/planetarium/planetarium.html.
This site also includes monthly starmaps for Hawai‘i’s sky and the full version of the monthly Skywatch article. Skywatch provides an overview of the each month’s astronomical events, with a strong emphasis on events that can be seen with the naked eye.
Bishop Museum’s Jhamandas Watumull Planetarium also offers several programs about the Hawaiian skies for Museum visitors with paid admission. They include:
The Sky Tonight. 11:30 a.m.(Daily). A live tour of the current Hawaiian evening sky. Program length: 25 minutes.
Explorers of Polynesia. 1:30 p.m. (Daily).The Museum’s signature show on Polynesian navigation. Program length: 40 minutes.
Tropical Skies. 3:30 p.m. (Daily). This new program explores some of the special qualities of the Hawaiian sky including “Lāhainā Noon,” which occurs when the sun passes overhead in the islands. The program also covers the unique way the sun’s path changes with the seasons in Hawai‘i, plus constellations and stars we can see in Hawai‘i that can’t be seen from the continental United States. Program length: 30 minutes.
The Museum also offers the hour-long The Sky Tonight at 8:00 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of each month. This is an in-depth tour of the current Hawaiian evening sky.
The Sky Tonight program admission is $6 regular, $4 for youth (4-12 years of age), free for Bishop Museum and Hawaiian Astronomical Society members. Reservations are required. To reserve seats, please call (808) 847-8203 or go to www.bishopmuseum.org and click “RSVP for Museum Events.”
For more information about all of this year’s astronomical events or planetarium programs, please contact Mike Shanahan, Bishop Museum’s Director of Education, Exhibits and Planetarium at (808)847-8235 or email@example.com.
Bishop Museum is dedicated to studying, preserving and telling the stories of the cultures and natural history of Hawai‘i and the Pacific. To learn more about Bishop Museum’s exhibits, programs, activities, admission or general information, please visit www.bishopmuseum.org or call (808) 847-3511.