Observatory Event Planned for Venus
The planet Venus, the fiery goddess planet that shines brightly every night against the darken veil of the night sky will perform something magnificent on June 5.
Kakkala Mohan, astronomy professor at Leeward Community College, said Venus will traverse slowly across the sun on that day, offering a wealth of scientific data for researchers about the shape of the sun and revealing more secrets about the surface of Venus. The next Venus Transit won’t happen for another 105 years, and the college’s student-run Astronomy Club is organizing an event for Tuesday's occasion from 1 to 6 p.m.
With a 20-inch telescope in its observatory, Leeward Community College will be one of the few places on the island to offer a magnified view of the Venus Transit. Mohan is expecting hundreds of Venus on-lookers and scientists to flock to the college for this event. Astronomy Club members will operate the 20-inch telescope and six other smaller telescopes for the public to see the Venus. There will also be video presentations and visual displays. Refreshments will be served.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact mohanastrogglcc [at] gmail [dot] com
— Text by Ka Mana‘o staff. Photo courtesy of NASA.gov