Category Archives: Transit Travel

Venus Transit Retro-Blog: Visiting Gemini North

2012 June 08 – My visit to the Gemini North observatory added a new dimension to my trip. For this, my fourth visit to Mauna Kea’s summit, I’d have to drive to the summit myself. (You can see the photos … Continue reading

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Venus Transit Retro-Blog: Visiting CFHT

2012 June 07 – The Sky and Telescope Venus Transit Tour was over. A small sub-group was heading out to visit the Imiloa Astronomy Center, but most of us were leaving the group. I was staying in Hawaii for a … Continue reading

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Venus Transit Retro-Blog: Mauna Kea’s Summit

There are people I know who live for their next trip. On the other hand, I put up with travel when I have a good reason. Seeing the Transit of Venus from Hawaii added up to a good enough reason. … Continue reading

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Venus Transit Retro-Blog: Keck Observatory HQ

The morning after our incredible Transit experience, the Sky and Telescope Transit of Venus group visited the Keck Observatory Headquarters in Waimea. The two observatories on the summit are what get the attention, but astronomers rarely work there. Night Attendants … Continue reading

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Venus Transit Retro-Blog: On to the Big Island

My interlude in Honolulu was a great kickoff to my Transit trip, as well as a chance to get my body-clock a little more in sync with Hawaii’s GMT-10 time zone. I’d collapsed into a bed right after getting into … Continue reading

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Venus Transit Retro-Blog: Pearl Harbor

If you have even the slightest interest in naval history, Honolulu implies Pearl Harbor.  A casual look at the city road map  hints at Honolulu’s rich  history,  and there are  naval-based street names scattered throughout the city. I thought it … Continue reading

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Venus Transit Retro-Blog: Honolulu

The Sky and Telescope Venus Transit tour base of operations was on Waikoloa Beach on the Big Island of Hawaii. To get there from Ottawa, I had to spend at least one night in Honolulu. There’s a simple expression to … Continue reading

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Retro-Blogging the Transit Trip

The road to Hell is said to be paved with good intentions. I had every intention of posting daily updates on my Transit of Venus expedition. Hmm — could that have been Infernal Flames flickering on my blog-road? Sorting and … Continue reading

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A Little Off the Astronomical Path

This isn’t precisely astronomical in nature, but how can you visit Hawaii and not check out an active volcano? In one sense, you can argue that this ought to be required for anyone interested in planetary astronomy. Looking down at … Continue reading

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One Mind-Boggling Transit Day

Well, it’s come and gone for another 105.5 years. And we couldn’t have asked for the day to have worked out any better. Well, we could have, but we’d have had to be daft! Even with a stiff breeze at … Continue reading

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