A man looking in a telescope

Kauaʻi Community College Math Instructor Loni Delaplane looks on as Marshall Mock, retired Kauaʻi science professor and astronomer, observes the transit of Venus.

The Natural Science Department at Kauaʻi Community College hosted a viewing of the transit of Venus earlier this month as a service-learning project at Russian Fort Elizabeth in Waimea.

The public was invited, including high school students from Kapaʻa High School, Waimea High School, Kawaikini Charter School and Island School.

Kauaʻi Community College provided all equipment necessary for the safe observation of the event, including a new state-of-the-art, computer-controlled telescope that was employed to produce photographs and the best possible view for those who attended.

Four students—Haley Adamic, Chloe Stokes, Jin-Wah Lau and Travis Manning—also presented information about the transit and pointed out the importance of historical transits for the understanding and calculation of the size of the solar system.

See a photo gallery of the event featured this week in Kauaʻi’s daily newspaper, The Garden Island.

Read the article by Michael Hannawald, Kauaʻi Community College chemistry and physics instructor, about the event and Kauaʻi’s historical role in the last transit of Venus on the college’s Campus News blog.

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