We're going to feature near real-time images of the Mercury transit for the duration of the event in various wavelengths of light from the summit of Haleakala, the Visitor Information Station (VIS) and summit of Mauna Kea. Images will be compiled into time-lapse movies and updated every 30 minutes, while videoconferences will be conducted with astronomers and students periodically. Learn about solar research on Maui, image restoration algorithms, the NASA Messenger mission to Mercury, total solar eclipse experiments in Libya, Hawaiian cultural astronomy and much, much more during the Mercury Transit Hawaiian Style webcast!
C8 & Williams Optics 80FD tandem on G11 mount, Nikon D200
102mm Takahashi, Coronado 90mm Ha w/ Luminera webcam
155mm Astrophysics w/ D200
Coronado 60mm Ca-K w/ D200
C11 w/ 0.63x focal reducer on G11 mount, Canon 10D
C8 for visual, WWV/WWVH receiver for timing/coordination

Sony HD videocam, iMac G5, Powerbook G4, PC laptops, long cat5 cables, sunscreen, water,
Here's the Story
Here's the Equipment
Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station: David Byrne, Rich Berner, Sam Benigni

Mirror Site

Institute for Astronomy: Bob McLaren, Jeff Kuhn, Mike Maberry, Shadia Habbal, Huw Morgan, JD Armstrong, Stuart Jeffries, Don Mickey, Bobby Bus, Josh Walawender, Michael Connelley, Callie McNew
Mahalo to:
Haleakala Amateur Astronomers: Rob Ratkowski, Casey Fukuda, Rob Zaleski, Penrod Vladyka, John Pye, Gary Durish
Dave Blewett, Chris Peterson, Richard Crowe, Ka`anohi`okala Pe`a, Kimo Pihana, Justin Stevick, Elliott Cost

Ca-K timelapse movie with Coronado Ca-K 70mm
Mercury Transit Links
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
NASA Kepler Mission
Chuck Beuter's Transit of Venus site
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
New York Times - 11/6/06
Honolulu Star-Bulletin - 11/6/06
Sun-Earth Connection
Science @ NASA
Educational Activities
Sun-Earth Connection activities and lesson plans
Activity 1 Activity 2
Webcast worksheet
Mercury Transit word search

Mercury Transit Interview Video Archive
Manoa, Oahu
Dr Bob McLaren
Associate Director, Institute for Astronomy

A welcome message from the Associate Director of the UH Institute for Astronomy in Manoa on the island of Oahu. E komo mai (welcome).

Dr Shadia Habbal
Astronomer, Institute for Astronomy

How are eclipses like transits? Dr Habbal will talk about her recent expedition to Libya to conduct experiments during a total solar eclipse

Dr Dave Blewett
Principal Scientist, NovaSol

The planet Mercury is truly an oddball of the solar system. Learn about NASA's Messenger mission to Mercury and the kinds of information we hope to learn from data returned by that spacecraft.

Dr Chris Peterson
Data Manager, NASA Data Center

Data from NASA space missions have provided a wealth of information to scientists. Learn how the repository for this data is constantly evolving.

Dr Jeff Kuhn
Associate Director, Institute for Astronomy
Haleakala Division

Learn about what's happening on the summit of Haleakala on the island of Maui at the Mees White Light Telescope and the Solar-C Telescope.

Haleakala, Waiakoa
Dr JD Armstrong
Solar Astrophysicist, Institute for Astronomy

Learn how astronomers are improving the imaging of our sun on the Solar-C Telescope.

Dr Stuart Jeffries
Astronomer, Institute for Astronomy

Image restoration and how computer scientists can help astronomers clean up celestial images. Learn about how hyper-spectral imaging is useful to look down on Earth as well as up toward space.

David Byrne
Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station

Welcome to the world's best location for astronomy - professional or amateur. Discover what this unique visitor center has to offer visitors and residents alike.

VIS, Mauna Kea
Big Island
Sam Benigni
Student Staff
Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station

Let's take a look at some of the equipment the Visitor Information Station will use for the public and for the internet audience.

Ka`anohi`okala Pe`a
Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner, Tour driver

Welcome to the ahu lele (alter) located behind the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station. Learn about the ho`okupu (offerings) that are made to these alters, and to whom they are made.

Dr Bobby Bus
Astronomer, NASA Infrared Telescope Facility

What is the relationship between a transit, an eclipse and an occultation? What kinds of information can we learn from each time of occurance?

Hilo, Hawaii
Kimo Pihana
Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner

Hawaii's connection with the sky is told by this Hawaiian elder.

Dr Richard Crowe
Resident Astronomer
Imiloa Astronomy Center

Welcome to the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo. Learn what Imiloa has to offer

Ka`anohi`okala Pe`a
Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner, Tour driver

Discover how the town of Hilo was named in this story during the times of Kamehameha the Great.

Rob Ratkowski
Haleakala Amateur Astronomer

Braving the fierce 55 mph winds on the summit of Haleakala, the members of the Haleakala Amateur Astronomers were on the sky. Video shot and produced by Elliott Cost

Gary Durst
Haleakala Amateur Astronomer

Gary describes his telescope setup and the weather conditions which were less than optimal for imaging. Video shot and produced by Elliott Cost

Casey Fukuda
Haleakala Amateur Astronomer

Casey and his Celestron 11" telescope and Nikon D200 camera. Video shot and produced by Elliott Cost

Dr Jay Pasachoff
Professor of Astronomy, Williams College

Jay took time out of his busy schedule at the Mees to provide an insight into his research. Video shot and produced by Elliott Cost

On Wednesday, November 8, 2006, Mercury transited or passed across the face of the sun. Please enjoy the images of the event on this site, and check back for updates as we process image streams into time-lapse movies of the transit.

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