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Looking for answers in the stars: Stargazing 101 in Hawaii

When you head to Hawaii, you're probably looking forward to long days of stretching out on the white sandy beaches under the scorching golden sun. Without a doubt, the days on the beaches are certainly amazing, but the nights on those same sands have their own magic to behold. Pack a picnic and settle in for an evening with an unforgettable sunset followed by a full night of stargazing.

Hawaiian skies are filled with stories immortalised by the bright constellations. Before you head out, be able to identify the stars that you're looking at and know the tales behind them - this knowledge will make the night extra special. There's quite a bit of interesting Greek mythology behind it all.

Every constellation has a story behind it, so we've provided a quick rundown of all the astrological information you'll need for your trip to Hawaii. Check it out below.

Cassiopeia 

You'll easily recognise Cassiopeia in the sky because it makes a W shape. The story goes that Cassiopeia was a Greek queen who was all too aware of how beautiful she was. In a spell of arrogance, she proclaimed that she was more beautiful than the female spirits of the sea, the Nereids.

Disgruntled by these comments, the Nereids told Poseidon, the sea god, to punish her. Poseidon sent a monster after Cassiopeia's daughter Andromeda who was fortunately saved at the last minute by Greek hero Perseus. Poseidon, not wanting Cassiopeia to get away with her vanity had her condemned to an upside down thrown in the sky to teach her a lesson of humility.

You can best see this constellation in early winter.

Orion

You've probably heard of this constellation before but do you know the story behind it? Orion was known for his impressive hunting skills, so when he died, Zeus paid tribute to him in the sky. You can see him armed with his unbreakable club, defending the night sky from the nearby star grouping that makes up Taurus the bull.

There are multiple stories about Orion's death, but one of the more popular ones involves a battle between him and a scorpion. Because he was boasting of the ability to kill any beast he wanted, one of the other gods sent a deadly scorpion which ultimately stung him to death. So while some see Orion defending against the bull, others see him in the sky fleeing the scorpion.

To note, Orion is one of the brightest constellations because it is made of supergiant stars.

This constellation also shines fullest in early winter.

Centaurus 

This is one the biggest constellations in the sky so you can't miss it! Centaurus memorialises one of Greek mythology's most famous characters, the half horse half man: centaur. Specifically, these stars commemorate the existence of the once immortal centaur Chiron - a respected teacher of crafts like medicine, music and even hunting.

One day, Chiron was struck by a poison arrow that had no cure. Because Chiron was immortal, it could not kill him, but he was still in severe pain. To end his suffering, Zeus freed him of his immortality and let him die. However, because Chiron was so well-liked he was placed in the stars to be remembered by all. Some of the brightest stars in the sky make up this formation.

Come to Hawaii in early spring to see this constellation in all its glory.

What's beyond the night sky has always been one of life's biggest mysteries, so you might just find that you stay stargazing until sunrise! Don't forget to make a wish if you see a shooting star!