Mars set for bright climb up island summer skies Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Islanders will have a spectacular view of the Red Planet this summer in the night sky in the east, says Mike Shanahan, Bishop Museum Planetarium manager. “It’s not as bright as Venus, but it is still way bright for Mars,” he said. Mars — called “Hoku’ulua” in Hawaiian for “red star” — is coming closer to Earth. It is the brightest the planet has been since 1988 and, further into the summer, it will move higher in the western sky at sunset, Shanahan said.