The transit of Venus as seen from Kaunakakai

The transit of Venus, as seen from the “pu’uwai of Kaunakakai.” This shot was taken outside the Kalele Bookstore, courtesy of store owner Teri Waros.

Venus made its transit across the sun yesterday. While the weather on Molokai was mostly overcast, Kaunakakai still made its own viewing site outside of the Kalele Bookstore & Divine Expressions.

Pat Jones with his telescope outside of the Kalele Bookstore yesterday,

From approximately noon until the late afternoon, a telescope, courtesy of Pat Jones, sat on the sidewalk outside the bookstore. During the moments of no cloud cover, Venus did appear through the filtered telescope as a tiny black dot moving slowly across the sun. the archipelago of Hawaii was considered one of the best places on the planet to view this rare sight.

For most people, this is just an unusual astronomical occurrence that happens every 105 years. But for planetary scientists it is far more significant. By studying the position and visibility of Venus, scientists can determine the scale of our solar system.


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