Don’t underestimate the naked eye
8 June 2006
Cruised the ten minutes from home to Hawaii Volcanos National Park last night right around sunset. The park isn’t such a great place to see the sun actually drop below the horizon (due to the largest single mass of mountain in the world, Mauna Loa) but the sky overhead is clear and the birds come out. The waxing Moon was near Jupiter and the first star visible was Hokule`a (Arcturus) and the birds were out in abundance.
Talking about the Moon & planets and their visibility on the way back to the car reminded me how nifty Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, and the Moon can be
Till rising and gliding out I wander’d off by myself
In the mystical moist night air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.