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Starry Heavens Newsletter
May 2023

Playing in May at the Imaginarium 

Also Playing in Hawaiian Skies May 5 - A Lunar Eclipse

(Image credit: Anantha Jois via Getty Images)

Please don’t miss the Lunar Eclipse May 5 which will be visible but faint for you early risers as it starts as the Moon is setting in the west at 5:14a.m with maximum eclipse at 5:52a.m and ends 5:55a.m.
In 2023, Earth will experience two lunar eclipses: a penumbral lunar eclipse on May 5  will be visible across parts of Africa, Asia and Australia. The second will be a partial lunar eclipse on October 28 and will be visible across parts of E. Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Lunar eclipses occur when Earth is positioned between the sun and the Moon and casts a shadow across the surface of the moon. They can only occur during a full Moon and make for an interesting skywatching target. 
And keep an eye out for our Imaginarium show “Totality” that explains eclipses that can be understood by even young astronomers and Moon watchers.

May at the Hokulani Imaginarium

Tales of the Maya Skies  Friday May 5, at 7pm
This Imaginarium show recreates the splendor of Maya architecture and astronomy. Rediscover the treasures of this advanced civilization whose sophisticated mathematics predicted eclipses, forecast seasonal change and formulated a calendar of extraordinary precision.
Big Astronomy – Friday May 5, at 8:15pm
Big Astronomy -explores three observatories located in extreme environments and remote locations in Chile. Due to its special climate and location, which creates stable dry air, Chile is one of the best places in the world for astronomy. 
STARGAZING with Krissie Kellogg  - Wednesday May 10, at 7pm
Join the ever engaging and entertaining  presenter/storyteller Krissie Kellogg on the second Wednesday of each month as she takes you on a delightful tour of the constellations in the Imaginarium skies. Stay informed as the stars, planets and moon change as they move through space and learn about current events happening in the night sky as well as in space exploration! (60 min)
Friday May 19, at 7:30p.m.
Join us for our favorite music light show to honor the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.

And speaking of stars of the Pink Floyd variety - here are a few pics of them then and now.

From left: Nick Mason, David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Richard Wright of Pink Floyd. The group’s 1973 album, “The Dark Side of the Moon,” has had a long life on radio playlists and the Billboard chart.Credit...Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
In case you didn’t know Pink Floyd marks
the 50th anniversary of their 1973 never out of play album The Dark Side of the Moon with a massive reissue.
My favorite track is Great Gig in the Sky, which has a dark side to its history as it relates to Clare Torry’s vocals. She was known for a number of cover albums, which were usually done in one day. Clare was also a backup singer but when she was booked to do “Great Gig in the Sky” she found that it was an instrumental with no words and no melody line just a sequence of chords. Her direction was to see what she could do with it. She did a couple of tracks on a Sunday afternoon for which she was paid a whopping 30 pounds. Folks listen to her wailing on this track –30 pounds REALLY???!!!

Eventually (i.e.2004) Torry thought her part was undervalued and she sued for song writing royalties, which in my humble opinion was justly deserved. The court found in her favor and she was awarded past and future royalties and all releases after 2005 carried a credit to her for vocal composition in Great Gig in the sky.

Clare and Roger now (
Billboard chart.Credit...Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Astronaut – Saturday May 27, at 1:00pm
Find out what it takes to be an astronaut! Explore inner and outer space as you experience a rocket launch from an astronaut's point of view and float around the International Space Station in microgravity.
Saturn and Beyond – Saturday May 27, at 2:15pm
Learn the history of the discovery of Saturn’s rings and explore the mysterious features seen by the Cassini spacecraft. Travel beyond to the outer gaseous planets to learn how their rings systems were discovered.

More to see in our April Sky (All times a hst)

  • May 5, Full Moon 7:34am 
  • May 13, Conjunction of Moon-Saturn (4 degrees apart) 2:15am-5:30am 
  • May 17, Conjunction of Moon-Jupiter (2 degrees apart) 4:30am-5:30am 
  • May 22, Conjunction of Moon-Venus (4.5 degrees apart) 7:30pm-10:15pm 
  • May 24 ,Conjunction of Moon-Mars (5.4 degrees apart) 7:30 pm-11:15pm
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  • Reservations are recommended but no longer required.
  • Masks are optional.
  • Proof of  vaccination and a photo ID are no longer required.
  • Please call 808-235-7350 for reservations.
  • Better yet email
  • Payment will be made on the day of the show at the ticket booth.
  • No credit card payments are taken. CASH or CHECK ONLY
For information about  Imaginarium shows and events contact:
Manager, Dineene O‘Connor, at 808-235-7350 or                                                                                
Our admission prices are:
  • $8 General admission
  • $7 WCC students, military, seniors (65 years or older), with ID
  • $6 Children (ages 4-12 years)
  • Free for children under 4 years of age (1 per paying adult), and WCC faculty or staff with university ID
Please pick up and pay for tickets at the Imaginarium Box Office at least 15 minutes prior to showtime.

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As always, we welcome your feedback or questions, feel free to phone (808) 235-7350 or email to If you would like information regarding our Adopt-a-Show sponsorship program please click here.

Dineene O'Connor
Manager, Hōkūlani Imaginarium
Windward Community College
Hale Imiloa 135A
Office (808) 235-7350

Tales of the Maya Skies
Friday, May 5,

Big Astronomy
Friday., May 5,
with Krissie Kellogg

Wednesday, May 10,

Dark Side of the Moon

Friday May 19,


Saturday May 27,

Saturn and Beyond

Saturday May 27,

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