Hawaii 2013 Astronomy Calendar: 9 meteor showers and 1 solar eclipse

With the 2013 astronomy calendar for Hawaii you will always be up to date on the most exciting astronomical events in the Hawaiian skies in 2013. Keep your eyes on this page because we will post detailed viewing information and some fun trivia for each event as it draws close.

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Don’t miss any of the 2013 astronomical fireworks in the Hawaiian sky. We will send you astronomy alerts for all future Hawaiian astronomy events if you subscribe to our blog.

Did you know that we also have made a lunar calender for 2013 to help you find the best stargazing times? For now, you should mark the following dates in your calendar for serious stargazing:

January 3rd: Quadrantids Meteor Shower

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Hawaii sky map for the 2013 Quadrantids meteor shower on January 4th

You can see Quandratids shooting stars between December 28th 2012 and January 12th 2013. This meteor shower reaches its peak activity on January 3rd very early at 03:24. The moon rises around midnight but luckily is not very bright, which makes 2013 a good year to watch the Quandrantids from Hawaii.

Read our complete article about the 2013 Quadrantids and have a look at our meteor shower guide to Hawaii for viewing tips and a packing list for a perfect night of stargazing. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to get a stargazing alert shortly before this meteor shower.

April 22: Lyrids Meteor Shower

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Hawaii sky map for the 2013 Lyrids meteor shower on April 22nd

The shooting stars of the Lyrids meteor shower are visible between April 16th and April 25th.  This shower peaks on Hawaii at 01:40 HST on April 22nd. The best time to watch this shower is on April 22nd very early between the moonset (03:45) and the beginning of twilight (05:00).

You can find more detailed information at our Lyrids 2013 viewing from Hawaii article.

Also have a look at our meteor shower guide to Hawaii for viewing tips and a packing list for a perfect night of stargazing or subscribe to our newsletter to get a stargazing alert shortly before this meteor shower.

May 6: Eta Aquariids Meteor Shower

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Hawaii sky map for the 2013 Eta Aquariids meteor shower on May 6th

The Eta Aquariids are a very broad meteor shower and shooting stars can be seen between April 19th and May 28th. This shower peaks on Hawaii during the daytime (May 5th at 15:15 pm), so the best time to watch is between midnight and moonrise the nights directly before or after May 5th.

You can find more details in our 2013 Eta Aquariids from Hawaii article. Have a look at our meteor shower guide to Hawaii for viewing tips and a packing list for a perfect night of stargazing or subscribe to our newsletter to get a stargazing alert shortly before this meteor shower.

May 9th: Partial Solar Eclipse

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The May 2013 partial solar eclipse is visible from Hawaii.

You can see a partial solar eclipse from Hawaii on May 9th 2013. During the moment of largest eclipse the moon will cover about 35% of the sun. This moment falls on the Big Island at 15:52:49 and on Oahu a couple of minutes earlier, at 15:47:44.

You can find more information including an animated simulation at the 2013 solar eclipse as seen from Hawaii. Don’t forget to  subscribe to our newsletter to get a stargazing alert shortly before this partial solar eclipse.

May 28: Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter.

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To see Jupiter, Venus and Mercury grouped close together in the Hawaiian sky, look to the west shortly after sunset

On May 28th Venus and Jupiter, two of the brightest planets in the sky, will be very close together during the early evening. This will be a great opportunity for some late afternoon / early evening / sunset photo’s with a couple of planets starring in the background. As an added bonus the planet Mercury will also be visible just above Venus and Jupiter.

To see these planets, look to the west just after sunset on May 28th 2013 (and a few days before and after). Have a look at our stargazing guide and don’t forget to  subscribe to our newsletter to get a stargazing alert shortly before this partial solar eclipse.

June 20th: Summer Solstice and Midsummer Night

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Summer solstice and the longest day of the year on Hawaii in 2013

Summer solstice marks the longest day (and shortest night) of the year. Solstices happen twice/year, and mark the time when the sun reaches the lowest (southern solstice for Hawaii) or highest (northern solstice for Hawaii) point on the sky.

The official summer solstice falls at 05:04 UT a.m. on June 21st (or on Hawaii at 19:04 pm on June 20th). This makes June 20th the longest day of the year (on Hawaii 13 hours 25 minutes and 54 seconds), and the sun will reach the highest point in the Hawaiian sky at 12:33 p.m.

Make your midsummer (short) night a special one and make the best out of this longest day. What better excuse is there for a celebration? Many cultures have festivities linked to the summer solstice, so what about organizing your own midsummer night party or pau hana’s?

July 30: Southern Delta Aquariids Meteor Shower

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Delta Aquariids meteor shower sky map for the Hawaiian sky on July 30 2013

You can see shooting stars belonging to the Delta Aquariids between July 12th and August 23rd. Peak activity is expected on July 30, and best viewing time on Hawaii is the early morning of July 31st.

The radiant of this meteor shower appears in the eastern sky just after sunset, and will be visible all night while it moves towards the western horizon. The moon will spoil some of the shooting stars but won’t have that much of an effect with 41% brightness on the night of July 30 and 31% on the night of July 31st.

Have a look at our meteor shower guide to Hawaii for viewing tips and a packing list for a perfect night of stargazing or subscribe to our newsletter to get a stargazing alert shortly before this meteor shower.

August 12: Perseids Meteor Shower

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Perseids meteor shower sky map for the Hawaiian sky on August 13th 2013

The Perseids are one of the most active meteor, and 2013 is a great year to watch them. A late moonrise (during daytime at 11:20 am on August 12th) leaves the best time of night to watch a meteor shower (the early morning) very dark.

The best time to watch the Perseids from Hawaii is between midnight and astronomical twilight (4:50 am) on August 12th, but you will be able to see shooting stars belonging to this meteor shower between July 17th and August 24th. You can read more information and viewing tips for this meteor shower in our post: 2013 Perseids.

Have a look at our meteor shower guide to Hawaii for viewing tips and a packing list for a perfect night of stargazing or subscribe to our newsletter to get a stargazing alert shortly before this meteor shower.

October 21: Orionids Meteor Shower

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Orionids meteor shower sky map for the Hawaiian sky on October 21st 2013

2013 is not a good year to watch the Orionids meteor shower because the almost full moon outshines most shooting stars during the nights around the peak of this meteor shower.

You can see Orionids for more than a month between October 2nd and November 7th, while the peak activity is expected on October 21st.

Have a look at our meteor shower guide to Hawaii for viewing tips and a packing list for a perfect night of stargazing or subscribe to our newsletter to get a stargazing alert shortly before this meteor shower.

November 17: Leonids Meteor Shower

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Leonids meteor shower sky map for the Hawaiian sky on November 17th 2013

The Leonids peak on Hawaii early in the morning of November 17th, but you can see shooting stars belonging to the Leonids between November 6th and November 30th. Unfortunately, 2013 is not a good year to watch the Leonids because of the full moon that will outshine all but the brightest of the Leonids.

Have a look at our meteor shower guide to Hawaii for viewing tips and a packing list for a perfect night of stargazing or subscribe to our newsletter to get a stargazing alert shortly before this meteor shower.

December 13: Geminids Meteor Shower

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Geminids meteor shower sky map for the Hawaiian sky on December 13 2013

You have to get up early to see this years Geminids because the best viewing time is between moonset and early morning. If you want to start your day with a couple of shooting stars look straight up between ±04:30 and 05:30 a.m. on December 13 and 14.

You can see some Geminids in the days just before and after the peak (between December 7 and 17), and this year the radiant of this meteor shower (the constellation Gemini) is very easy to find because Jupiter is visible smack in the middle of Castor and Pollux.

Have a look at our meteor shower guide to Hawaii for viewing tips and a packing list for a perfect night of stargazing or subscribe to our newsletter to get a stargazing alert shortly before this meteor shower.

December 21: Winter solstice

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Winter solstice and the shortest day of the 2013 on Hawaii

The sun reaches the lowest point on the sky each December on the shortest day of the year: the winter solstice. After December 21st, the days will get longer and the sun stronger, which is a great reason for a celebration!

On Hawaii, the shortest day will be on December 21st and last 10 hours 50 minutes and 12 seconds. Officially, the winter solstice occurs on 07:11 Hawaiian local time on December 21st.

December 22: Ursids Meteor Shower

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Ursids meteor shower sky map for the Hawaiian sky on December 22 2013

The Ursids are named after Ursa minor – the Little dipper. 2013 is not a good year to watch this meteor shower because the moon is bright and out all night. You will be able to see some shooting stars belonging to the Ursids between December 17 and 26, but especially during their peak activity in the early hours (3-5 am) of December 22nd.

You can find the Ursids if you look towards the North as you gaze at and around the little dipper.

Have a look at our meteor shower guide to Hawaii for viewing tips and a packing list for a perfect night of stargazing or subscribe to our newsletter to get a stargazing alert shortly before this meteor shower.

 Resources

Dates selected from the International Meteor Organization Shower Calendar 2013 (PDF, link). Peak times provided by A. McBeath and adapted from  ises-spaceweather.org. The sky maps and constellation images have been created using the free planetarium software stellarium.

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