Polynesian Navigation


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Polynesian Astronomy

Title Sāmoan Word Hawaiʻian Word Tahitian Word Māori Word Anuta Word Tongan Word Category Constellation Right Ascension Declination
Aldebaran Kapuahi Star Taurus 04h 35m 55.23907s +16° 30′ 33.4885″
Gamma Pegasi Piʻilani 00h 13m 14.15123s +15° 11′ 00.9368″
Alpha Centauri Kamailemua Star System Centaurus 14h 39m 35.06311s –60° 50′ 15.0992″
Alpha Andromedae Manōkalanipō Star Andromeda 00h 08m 23.25988s '+29° 05′ 25.5520″
Altair Humu Star Aquila 19h 50m 46.99855s '+08° 52′ 05.9563″
Antares Lehuakona Anā mua Rehua Na kau Star Scorpius 16h 29m 24.45970s −26° 25′ 55.2094″
Arcturus Hōkūleʻa Anā Tahuʻa Taʻata Metua te tupu mavae Toki Star Bootes 14h 15m 39.7s +19° 10′ 56″
Aries Kaʻavei Constellation Aries 03h 29m 42.4003s 10.3632069°
Auriga Constellation Auriga 04h 37m 54.4293s 56.1648331°
Beta Centauri Kamailehope Star System Centaurus 14h 03m 49.40535s –60° 22′ 22.9266″
Betelguese Kauluakoko Star 05h 55m 10.30536s +07° 24′ 25.4304″
Capella Hōkūlei Star 05h 16m 41.35871s +45° 59′ 52.7693″
Comet Le pusa loa Small Solar System body
Corvus Meʻe Constellation Corvus 12h −20°
Crux (Southern Cross) Sumu Hānaiakamalama Tau hā Te Punga Te raku tapu, Te Kupenga Toloa Constellation Southern Cross 12.5h −60°
Deneb Piraʻetea Star Cygnus 20h 41m 25.9s +45° 16′ 49″
Fomalhaut Kūkaniloko Star Piscis Austrinus 22h 57m 39.0465s −29° 37′ 20.050″
Gamma Crucis Kaulia Star Crux 12h 31m 09.95961s −57° 06′ 47.5684″
Jupiter Tupualengase Taʻurua nui Planet
Lunar Eclipse Ua gase toto le māsina
Magellan clouds Ao tea Galaxy
Markab Keawe
Mars Matamemea Hōkūʻula Maunu ʻura Planet
Milkyway Le ao lēlē Vai ora a Tane Galaxy
Moon Māsina Māhina ʻĀvaʻe Marama Astronomical Object
Orion Te Kakau Constellation Orion 5h +5°
Orions belt Amoga Taʻurua o Mere ma tū tahi Tautoru Ara tolu Asterism Orion 05h 36m 12.8s −01° 12′ 06.9″
Pleiades Li'i Makaliʻi Matariʻi Matariki Matariki Star Cluster Taurus 3h 47m 24s +24° 07′ 00″
Polaris Hōkūpaʻa Anā niʻa Star Ursa Minor 02h 31m 49.09s +89° 15′ 50.8″
Rigel Puanakau Puanga Star Orion 05h 14m 32.27210s −08° 12′ 05.8981″
Saturn Fetū tea Planet
Beta Pegasi Kākuhihewa Star Pegasus 23h 03m 46.45746s +28° 04′ 58.0336″
Scorpius Le Toloa Ka makau nui o Māui Taro Constellation Scorpius 16.8875h −30.7367°
Shooting Star Le Fetū Afi Tino a manu, Birds body Meteoroid
Sirius Telegese Aʻā Te Kokota Star System Canis Major 06h 45m 08.91728s −16° 42′ 58.02″
Solar Eclipse Na gase eleele le lā
Spica Hikianalia Star Virgo
Star Fetū Hōkū Fetiʻa Whetū Fetuʻu
Star Le Tuʻingā lama
Star Tauluatuafanua
Star Tauluaʻalofi
Ursa Major Le Anava Nā Hiku , Constellation Ursa Major 10.67h +55.38°
Vega Keoe Whanui Star Lyra 18h 36m 56.33635s +38° 47′ 01.2802″
Venus Tapuitea Taurua Planet
Sun Laʻā Star