Tag Archives: Hawaii

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: Transit Day, Part 3

The 13 observatories on Mauna Kea are scattered at different locations around the upper mountain.  Optical and infrared observatories are on the high ridges. Just below the optical/IR telescopes is an area known informally as “Submillimeter Valley.”  The observatories here … Continue reading

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Venus Transit Retro-Blog: Transit Day, Part 2

With the Transit well underway, it was a perfect time to visit the summit. Our group had organized several runs to the summit, making it easy to plan the day around key Transit times. The road to the summit is … Continue reading

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Venus Transit Retro-Blog: Transit Day, Part 1

2012 June 05 — The day of the 2012 Transit of Venus Oddly enough for me, I was up at dawn that morning. As I’d posted that morning, the weather seemed to be cooperating. Certainly the view from my hotel … Continue reading

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Venus Transit Retro-Blog: Transit Day Minus 1

2012 June 04. The Sky and Telescope Transit of Venus group had converged at Waikoloa Beach. The reception the night before had been a lot more enjoyable than I’d have imagined: good food, good conversation, and dark, lovely skies. This … 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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