This weekend’s three-day forecast calls for vernal equinox at 9am this Saturday and then the moon’s full phase ending around 3pm on Sunday, bringing some bright light for the next two and a half days before the sun sets.
For the last four decades, this time of year has been one of astronomical interest in Hawaii, with the lunar eclipse in June a popular tourist destination.
The view of Earth from a peak atop Mt. Kahului, Maui, which is near the summit.
But the eclipse is expected to bring little rainfall because a storm system is approaching the island, potentially bringing torrential down puddles and rain and melting ice caps. The Pacific Ocean is not the most likely source for this water.
If you plan on spending some time in the mountains, there are no public access roads that cross the mountain range on this side of the valley, so it’s best to drive off your bike to avoid water.
There is also a short drive to the north in the town of Waikiki.
The next eclipse is Sunday night, July 17. The first was July 4, 2012, when the moon covered parts of the eastern U.S. and was seen with some detail in parts of North America.
The last eclipse happened Jan. 4, 1879. It was visible from a number of sites around the world.