Hawaii: One of the best places to see the Venus transit

By Cam Tran
Published On: Jun 01 2012 11:04:59 PM HST
Updated On: Jun 05 2012 01:38:27 PM HST

It's an astronomical phenomenon that can only be seen once in a hundred years. The planet Venus is crossing in front of the sun, and one of the best places to see it is right here in Hawaii.

HONOLULU -

Hawaii will be one of the best spots to see the transit of Venus this Tuesday.

It is a rare planetary phenomenon where those on Earth can view the planet Venus trek across the sun.

Mike Shanahan from the Bishop Museum said, "Although Venus goes between the earth and the sun more than once a year, it’s usually right above the sun or right below the sun.  So only roughly every century or so is Venus in the right position to be seen crossing the sun’s disk."

The event is so rare, the Bishop Museum, which is normally closed on Tuesdays, is hosting an open house just for the Venus transit.

Shanahan says he's gotten phone calls from far away as Tennessee interested in viewing the astronomical wonder.

You can view Venus’s transit between 12:09 p.m. to 6:42 p.m. Tuesday.

Never look directly at the sun without proper eye protection.  Sunglasses do not provide enough protection.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa will be hosting viewing sites on Oahu.  They include Waikiki at the end of Kalakaua Avenue, the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor and the Ko Olina resort at Lagoon 4.

Chaminade University will also be offering a special viewing of the transit of Venus Tuesday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Wiegand Observatory next to Kieffer Hall near the top of the campus on Waialae Avenue.

Leeward Community College is planning a free event.

On the Big Island, the Imiloa Astronomy Center on the Big Island will have an event Tuesday along with the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station.

The next time Venus will cross the sun will be in 2117.

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