Astronomy/Southern Cross


I will be in Hawaii on the island of Hawaii, and I've been told that in the spring you can see the Southern Cross.  I've checked the moonrise and set tables, and there will be no moon the week I'm there, May 1-7.  I've found that it should rise sometime just before midnight.

I have three questions.

1) What direction should I be looking, is it due South?
2) How many degrees above the sky will it rise?
3) What time will it rise, and what time will it set?

Any help you can give me will help.  I'm not a real star gazer, although I've done some, and I'm really excited about seeing the Southern Cross.

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This previous answer:

should help.

The time will be near enough to when you will be there this year. The location (Hawaii) where you will be is also about 1 degree further south than the Maui location (for which the previous answer was given).

Being further south, this means you will be able to see more of the Southern Cross - with the stars indicated in the previous answer at a higher altitude (e.g. 1 deg).


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Philip Stahl


I have more than forty years of experience in Astronomy, specifically solar and space physics. My specialties include the physics of solar flares, sunspots, including their effects on Earth and statistics pertaining to sunspot morphology and flare geo-effectiveness.


Astronomy: Worked at university observatory in college, doing astrographic measurements. Developed first ever astronomy curriculum for secondary schools in Caribbean. Gave workshops in astrophysics and astronomical measurements at Harry Bayley Observatory, Barbados. M.Phil. degree in Physics/Solar Physics and more than twenty years as researcher with discovery of SID flares. Developed of first ever consistent magnetic arcade model for solar flares incorporating energy dissipation and accumulation. Develop first ever loop solar flare model using double layers and incorporating cavity resonators.

American Astronomical Society (Solar Physics and Dynamical Astronomy divisions), American Mathematical Society, American Geophysical Union.

Solar Physics (journal), The Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, The Proceedings of the Meudon Solar Flare Workshop (1986), The Proceedings of the Caribbean Physics Conference (1985). Books: 'Selected Analyses in Solar Flare Plasma Dynamics', 'Physics Notes for Advanced Level'. 'Astronomy and Astrophysics: Notes, Problems and Solutions'.

B.A. Astronomy, M. Phil. Physics

Awards and Honors
American Astronomical Society Studentship Award (1984), Barbados Government Award for Solar Research (1980), Barbados Astronomical Society Award for Service as Journal Editor (1977-91)

Past/Present Clients
Caribbean Examinations Council, Barbados Astronomical Society, Trinidad & Tobago Astronomical Society.

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