Venus Transits Past, Present & Future – Jay Pasachoff (Williams College)

What’s the science behind the recent Venus Transit? In this talk by Dr. Jay Pasachoff of Williams College presents brand new images and movies from the recent transit gathered in multiple wavelenghts and from many locations. This talk, which includes a detailed history of transit science, was delivered two days after the June 5, 2012, Venus Transit on the Big Island of Hawai’i.

The W. M. Keck Observatory operates two 10-meter optical/infrared telescopes on the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. The twin telescopes feature a suite of advanced instruments including imagers, multi-object spectrographs, high-resolution spectrographs, integral-field spectroscopy and a world-leading laser guide star adaptive optics system which cancels out much of the interference caused by Earth’s turbulent atmosphere. The Observatory is a private 501(c) 3 non-profit organization and a scientific partnership of the California Institute of Technology, the University of California and NASA.

 

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MOSFIRE and NIRC2-LGS are the instruments tonight. Observers are from CIT-Y and UCSD. Sun set 06:38:00pm rise 06:29:00am
The sky is ready for MOSFIRE and NIRC2-NGS. Our observers from KECK/UCSC and CIT are also ready. Sun set 06:37:00pm rise 06:31:00am
Keck 1 MOSFIRE is scheduled with CIT observers. Keck 2 NIRC2-LGS is scheduled for UH observers. Sun set 06:37:00pm rise 06:32:00am
We are setting up MOSFIRE on Keck 1 for CIT observers, NIRC2-LGS on Keck 2 for UH observers. Sun set 06:37:00pm rise 06:32:00am
.@LindaLy79 Excellent question! Here is the best way to know: mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu. It's dedicated just to Mauna Kea weather