Hawaii Sightseeing To Have Stellar Show of Venus Transit

Hawaii sightseeing will have a rare addition to it on Tuesday, June 5. Venus will cross in front of the sun in what is known as a “transit” giving spectators a stellar show. Typically Hawaii sightseeing includes beaches, waterfalls, or a tropical sunset, but many astronomy buffs are making a trip to paradise just for this event.
Occurring about once every 121 years, the transit of Venus happens in pairs eight years apart. The most recent one happened in 2004, and the next one will not happen again until 2117. Many astronomers from around the world are flocking to Hawaii where the entire event will be visible. Beginning just after 12:00 noon HST and lasting until about 6:40 p.m.

Stellar Hawaii Sightseeing

There will be a viewing event in Waikiki near Kuhio Beach Park on Kalakaua Avenue which will have webcasts of the transit as seen from the Mauna Kea and Haleakala observatories. The viewing site will also include science and technology exhibits providing fun for both kids and adults. Another viewing site will be the Bishop Museum. Normally closed on Tuesdays, the museum will be open just for this event. The museum will have a special events going on like telescope viewing from the Great Lawn, and a Venus transit planetarium show.
Unprotected viewing of the event is not recommended. The Shop Pacifica at Bishop Museum will have protective glasses for sale, and telescopes from the Hawaii Astronomical Society will have solar filters on for safe viewing. This rare occurrence is one of the few predictable stellar events. In fact, on Captain James Cook’s first Pacific expedition in 1769 he witnessed and documented a Venus transit in Tahiti. If you’re going to be in Hawaii for this event be sure to check it out, none of us will have the chance to view it again!

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