During my recent trip to Hawai’i, the astro-geek in me was 1) wondering if I’d be able to see any Perseids, and 2) trying to adjust perspective, looking at the same sky from 20 degrees farther south that I was used to.
What I didn’t count on was the clarity of the skies – I guess I anticipated humidity the likes of which I see at home during warm months. But clear skies prevailed (when Kilauea wasn’t filling the air with smoke and volcanic fog, or vog – but that’s another story), and being in the middle of the Pacific Ocean led to very little light pollution.
The pic below was taken from my hotel balcony – not with a nice camera or anything, but with a GoPro on night mode, 30-second exposures. Even with all the structural lights around, the Milky Way was clearly visible. The brightest object here, just left of the Milky Way, is Mars. Saturn sits dead center, just above the teapot of Sagittarius and the galactic center. Jupiter is the bright object at right.
With a view that nice, I had to take a midnight stroll and get out to the beach and way from the lights:
Get Out There