Hawaii is a beautiful island studded with active volcanoes, panoramic mountains, and inviting beaches.
Today, Hawaii is also a top destination for astronomy tours. There are so many observatories in the islands that offer visitors the chance to witness celestial bodies, especially at night time.When the sky is clear and the darkness envelopes the land, it’s the perfect setting to chart the Milky Way. If the sky is already captivating as it is in the naked eyes, wait until you see what the telescopes can offer- the bands of Jupiter, the amazing patterns of different constellations, the falling meteorites that look like fairies in the night sky, and all other heavenly bodies that tickle your imagination since a child.
Here are the best spots to see the stars in Hawaii.
Maui can offer the ultimate science activity that is enjoyable for all ages. It is highly recommended that you start your tour admiring the sunset as it bows down at the summit of Haleakala, a dormant volcano.
Before the surroundings turn to pitch darkness, you can go to the astronomy observation site where you will have a laser-guided tour of the constellations. You will have the chance to see visible planets and other celestial objects in the Milky Way, which includes nebulae, galaxies and star clusters behind the lenses of 12-inch aperture Dobsonian telescope.
At the Big Island, it will always be a pleasure lying on the beach while gazing at the twinkling skies with the waves breaking the shores. It’s a refreshing treat away from the rat race in the city. The moon looks bigger as if just an arm stretch away waiting for your good night kiss.
But there is more to the Big Island than just a poetic moonlight experience. You can actually have a date with the stars and the moon at the summit of Mauna Kea. There, you can use any of the thirteen giant telescope and marvels at the beauty of the lights above. At Ellison S. Onizuka Center for International Astronomy, you will have the chance to make your dreamy world a reality. Aside from watching the stars, you can also watch fascinating videos about astronomy.
Oahu still provides a venue for spectacular stargazing despite its lower elevation. Personally, I think this is the best island and you should definitely plan your vacation to include visiting this island. From stunning open villas to romantic cozy resorts, a realtor oahu can help you find the perfect home away from home. There is an observatory on the island that offers regular “Star Parties”. The observatory has telescopes that will let you observe meteor showers and eclipses that mostly happen past midnight.