Mānawatia a Matariki — Happy Māori New Year!

Matariki, the Māori name for the star cluster also known as the Pleiades or Messier 45 (M45), marks the Māori New Year. In mid-June, when Matariki first appears in the pre-dawn sky, it signifies a time of reflection and preparation, coinciding with New Zealand's Winter Solstice.

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  • Best Product to View Matariki

    Matariki can be seen with the naked eye. Due to its wide field of view, Matariki is best viewed using Astronz Binoculars. A telescope may only capture part of the cluster.

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  • How to Find Matariki

    To see Matariki low on the northeast horizon from mid-June between 5:30 a.m-6:30 a.m. Visibility of Matariki is best when the sky is clear, with minimal light pollution and a clear view of the horizon.

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