See the Transit of Venus—the last one in your lifetime!
This year, travel with The Planetary Society!
June 4-12, 2012
We invite you to join us in 2012,
as we explore the greatest place
on Earth to view our solar system,
and see the Transit of Venus, one
of the fascinating astronomical
events of our lifetime!
On June 5-6, 2012, the planet Venus
will be perfectly lined up with the
Earth and Sun, so that we can see
Venus slowly cross the Sun! This
fascinating phenomenon has
sparked travel to the remote
corners of the globe including the
great voyage of Captain Cook in
1778. Now we can see the Transit
of Venus across the face of the
Sun (it won’t happen again for more
than 100 years!).
On this expedition, we will
introduce the natural wonders of
Hawaii—from lava flows to massive
tree ferns. We will also show you
some of the observatories which
generate an enormous amount of
information about our solar system,
galaxies, black holes, and beyond!
In Hawaii, earth’s forces create
new land right before our eyes, as lava streams forth from
volcanoes rising 33,000 feet from the ocean floor. The
Pacific is home to a profusion of life—from whales to sea
turtles, colorful birds and endemic flowers, many of
which we can see walking trails.
More than a thousand years ago, indigenous people
followed the stars across the Pacific from Tahiti to settle
Hawaii, and brought Polynesian culture with them. In
recent centuries, European explorers followed the same
stars across the Pacific and discovered Tahiti, Hawaii, and
Our journey will begin in Kailua-Kona—on the dry side of
the Big Island of Hawaii—where old black ribbons of lava
flow to the sea. We will visit Galaxy Garden, inspired by
planetary artist Jon Lomberg, with a botanic scale model
of the Milky Way Galaxy. Sit on
the grassy slope facing the west
and watch the Transit of Venus.
We’ll cross the island between
the two largest volcanoes on
Hawaii, Mauna Loa and Mauna
Kea. En route, we’ll visit the W.M.
Keck Observatory headquarters
near the famous Parker Ranch to
learn about their discoveries.
We will drive to the summit of
Mauna Kea, at 13,796 feet, and
see sunset from the mountain top
near some of the world’s largest
observatories. We will return to
Onizuka Visitor Center to look
through telescopes at the wonders
of the universe as seen from
At Hawaii Volcanoes National
Park, we will see ancient lava
formations which built the island
and hot molten lava that is
flowing to the sea.
At the world class ‘Imiloa
Astronomy Center of Hawaii we
will explore the Hawaiian cultural
and navigational understanding
of the stars with real-time information obtained from the
13 telescopes on the Big Island.
Throughout our journey, we will enjoy leadership by a
Hawaii naturalist and guest astronomical experts.
We invite travelers with an appetite for adventure and
discovery to explore the day and night
wonderland of our 50th state during this
last opportunity in our lifetime to see the
Transit of Venus.
Bill Nye, The Science Guy®
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