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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Tonight observers from NASA and KECK will use MOSFIRE and NIRSPEC/NIRC2-NGS/PCS. Sun set 06:45:00pm rise 06:07:00am
MOSFIRE and DEIMOS are the instruments tonight. Observers are from UCLA and UCSB. Sun set 06:45:00pm rise 06:09:00am
Tonight's schedule is MOSFIRE on Keck 1 and DEIMOS on Keck 2 for our lucky observers from UCLA and UCSB. Sun set 06:45:00pm rise 06:10:00am
The sky is ready for MOSFIRE and DEIMOS. Our observers from UCLA and UCLA are also ready. Sun set 06:44:00pm rise 06:11:00am
Keck 1 LRIS-ADC is scheduled with UCR observers. Keck 2 DEIMOS is scheduled for UCSC observers. Sun set 06:44:00pm rise 06:12:00am