On June 5th 2012, for ONE DAY ONLY, our Clubhouse opened up the facilities of the Charles C. Spalding Astronomical Observatory!
In actuality it was this Summer’s Club Tech program, in which participants learned about and observed a once in a lifetime celestial event – the Transit of Venus. This occurs when the orbit of the planet Venus travels directly between our planet and the Sun – and it won’t occur again for over a century!
|Jalen attempts to swallow our sister planet!|
The entire Game Room witnessed the event via live video stream from the NASA website - projected from a BGCH laptop to a big screen.
|Daniel building his pinhole camera|
Daniel V. shared that he “learned how to make pinhole cameras, and I learned that Venus won’t pass the sun for another 105 years.”
Here is the video that taught us how to build our cameras:
With pinhole cameras the kids were able to view the event with their own eyes without damaging them by looking directly at the sun. We are incredibly lucky in Oahu, as this was one of the best places in the world to watch this happen.
Although sometimes it was tough to see because of the passing clouds, Youjin and Daniel were certain they could make out the tiny planet against the sun’s glowing projection within the pinhole camera box.
|These kids are either witnessing a once-in-a-lifetime celestial event,|
or they're really hungry for Veggie Chips - YOU DECIDE!
For centuries astronomers have studied this event to unlock new secrets about our universe, Youjin K. - our own budding astronomer - observed that “a tiny dot projected on a white piece of paper, might be an inspiration to future generations of young scientists!”
And Rei O. agreed - “this makes me want to learn more about astronomy!”