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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Keck 1 HIRESR is scheduled with UCB observers. Keck 2 ESI/ESI-IFU is scheduled for KECK/UH observers. Sun set 06:57:00pm rise 05:54:00am
UH observers will work with HIRESR tonight. And NASA observers will work with NIRC2-LGS. Sun set 06:58:00pm rise 05:53:00am
Super Cool! Click for 3d image of the Mauna Kea Observatories ------> bit.ly/VAi1GJ pic.twitter.com/VKWy2z2Fqz
Observers from UCR will use MOSFIRE on Keck 1, while on Keck 2, CIT-Y observers will use NIRC2-LGS. Sun set 06:59:00pm rise 05:53:00am
On Keck 1, we have UCR observers using MOSFIRE. On Keck 2, we have UH observers using NIRC2-LGS. Sun set 07:00:00pm rise 05:52:00am