Alerting Kauai starwatchers to imminent sky events

  • Contributed graphic

    The spear and shield of Mars, a planet symbol used in astrology and astronomy and also a symbol for the male gender.

  • Courtesy NASA

    This is an artist’s rendition of InSight on the surface of Mars.

With Mars making its closest approach to Earth in 15 years and a total lunar eclipse imminent, as well as the Perseid Meteor Showers in progress, it seems fitting to focus upon planetary events and celestial bodies. Also, right now I’m absorbed in reading Mary Morris’ fascinating novel, “Gateway to the Moon,” which includes the character of a youth named Miguel I liked immediately. This teen is out of step with his peers in that he prefers mankind’s ancient fascination with skywatching to texting and electronic games.