Nga meka me nga mati mo Matariki
Matariki facts and figures

 

Ka kitea a Matariki i te atapo, ina tiro koe ki te raki-ma-marangai i te mutunga o te marama o Haratua. Ka tino kitea i roto i nga wiki e whai ake ana i muri, ka piki haere, nawai a, ka eke ki runga rawa, ka ahu whaka-te-tonga tona pikinga ake i te paerangi i te wa o te ra poto rawa atu o te tau.

Manuau

Matariki becomes visible in the pre-dawn sky looking north-east towards the end of May. It becomes more clearly visible in the following weeks, rising further and further towards the south once the shortest day is past.

 

He kupu tatai arorangi
Astronomical terms

All of the Maori names for the planets follow those of the names of Pakeha gods. It is thought because of this that Maori followed the examples set by the Pakeha. Therefore, with the exception of Jupiter (as there is a true Maori name for Jupiter) all the names below stay true to that notion.
 

Mars Tu-mata-uenga
Pluto Whiro
Neptune Tangaroa
Jupiter Parearau
Uranus Wherangi
Mercury Aparangi
Saturn Rongo
Venus Kopu, Tawera (o te ata)
Meremere, Rereahiahi (o te ahiahi)
Earth Papa-tu-a-nuku, (te) Whenua
Sun Tama-nui-te-Ra
Star Whetu
Comet Unahiroa
Southern Cross Te Taki o Autahi
Pleiades Matariki
Rigel Puanga
Orion Tautoru
Sirius Takurua
Cirrus Purehurehu
Milky Way Tira Whetu
Charon Kuwatawata
(mai i nga korero mo Mataora raua ko Niwareka)
astronomy matauranga tatai arorangi
universe ao tukupu
solar system rerenga o Tama-nui-te-ra
galaxy (Milky Way) Te Mango Roa
atmosphere pihao
planet aorangi (ao = world + rangi = heavenly)
asteroid aorangi iti
orbit amionga
gravity to-a-papa
black hole honea kore
corona kurahauao (mai i te kurahaupo)
space probe pokai atea (mai i te pokai whenua)
satelite (manmade) arorangi (hori)
radar hihiani (hihi = ray, beam + beam + ani = resounding, echoing)
navigate urungi
eclipse araitanga
equator weherua
equatorial weherua
equinox weheruatanga o te ra, o te po
solstice tuakaihautanga o Tama-nui-te-Ra (tuakaihau = kaore e kitea)
zenith te komata o te rangi (tuakaihau = kaore e kitea)
hydrogen hauwai
carbon dioxide hauha
nucleus karihi
atom ngota
stratus te kupenga a Tara-mainuku
cumulus (he) kapua whakapipi
nimbus (he) okewa


    Haere atu ra e koro ki te paepae o Matariki, o Rehua - haere atu ra

    Farewell old man, go to the threshold of Matariki, of Rehua - farewell