Get to know Kaua‘i’s night sky

Kaua‘i Community School for Adults is offering a one-day course “Starwatch program: The Hawaiian Sky Tonight,” on June 28.

The course will be taught by astronomy educator Rozlyn Reiner and promises to provide an opportunity to the student to learn his or her way around the Hawaiian sky.

The class will include multimedia presentations, images of the solar system and galaxy, the life cycle of stars and the sun’s place in the Milky Way.

Students will also learn to recognize the constellations as they appear in the sky, how to use a sky map to locate and identify stars, constellations, planets and other celestial objects.

After classroom instruction the class then steps outside and explores the nighttime sky. Each class will include a guided sky tour, led by astronomy educators using sky maps, laser pointers and visual aids, as well as telescopes and binoculars. Learn legends about the stars and explanations of special events of the solar system.

The indoor presentation and instruction lasts about two hours at Waimea High School. The class will then move to a nearby viewing site, to participate in the starwatch activity.

The course is scheduled as follows:

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. — Indoor presentation

6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. — Bring sack lunch to picnic at viewing site

7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. — Starwatch

Fee for the program is $15. Registration prior to June 23 is recommended by calling KCSA at 274-3390. For more information, e-mail roz@rozhome.com

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