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View Transit of Venus from Top of Chaminade Campus


Chaminade University will offer a special viewing of the transit of Venus on June 5, from 12 noon to 4 p.m., at Wiegand Observatory next to Kieffer Hall, near the top of campus, 3140 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816. Chaminade Physics professors, Matthew Cochran and Eric Dodson, will be on hand to answer questions and assist viewers with the university’s eleven inch telescope, equipped with a solar filter. In addition, “eclipse shades” will be available. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Heidi Harakuni (808) 440-4204.

What makes this special?
On Tuesday, June 5, between 12:09 pm and 6:42 pm, the black, circular silhouette of Venus will slowly pass across the sun’s disc from east to west.  Such a passage is called a transit of Venus.  Transits of Venus are among the rarest of predictable astronomical phenomena.  They occur in a pattern that repeats every 243 years, with pairs of transits eight years apart separated by long gaps of 121.5 years and 105.5 years. After 2012, the next transit will occur in December 2117, making Tuesday’s event, the last chance to view this phenomena this century (a 105.5 years is a long time to wait!).

Educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University is a Catholic/ Marianist university offering programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. A Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander serving institution, Chaminade is located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 9681, which is its main campus. It also has nine satellite locations around Oahu. Chaminade University is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and looks forward to increased opportunities to promote environmental sustainability. For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at or call (808) 735-4711.###


  1. Amy Zizzi

    Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!! My kids and I went up yesterday to view the Transit of Venus at Chaminade and it was truly an amazing event to witness. Being able to see it first through the solar shades and then close up with the telescope gave a sense of how immense the sun is compared to Venus and our own planet. Knowing that this would not occur again in our lifetime made it even more special. We all enjoyed the experience! Mahalo nui loa!!

    • In response to Amy’s comment, thank you for coming and bringing your family. Chaminade’s Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division was pleased that so many took advantage of the viewing event. The estimate is that more than 500 people came. Special kudos and thanks to our physics’ faculty, Dr. Matthew Cochran and Eric Dodson, for making it all possible. By the way, for me, the best part was being amazed by the phenomenon, marveling at the universe AND being with others who shared that same amazement!

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