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June 7, 2012 | Telescopes and special glasses were the order of the day on Tuesday, June 5, as staff on several campuses took a peek at Venus passing in front of the Sun—an event that won't be repeated until 2117. See below for a sampling of scenes from Center Green.
You didn't have to step away from your desk to catch the event, thanks to HAO's Mauna Loa Solar Observatory. On its website, MLSO provided crisp images (see example, below) collected by its multiple instruments atop Hawaii's high volcanic peak. Because of its westerly location, MLSO experienced nearly all of the transit, which extended from around noon to sunset Hawaii time. MLSO observers Allen Steuben and Ben Berkey stayed busy, working long shifts around the transit window to make sure all systems were go. Despite some afternoon clouds and minor technical glitches, the instruments gathered a unique smorgasbord of views.
For timelapse movies and more, see MLSO's 2012 Venus Transit Page. The site will be updated as more images are processed and analyzed.