'Sketches of Stations where the Transit of Venus was Observed', 1874.
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30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm

'Sketches of Stations where the Transit of Venus was Observed', 1874.

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Description

Engraving taken from the 'Illustrated London News'.The transit of Venus acros the face of the Sun is a comparatively rare astronomical event; that of 1874 was keenly anticipated, with a number of expeditions sent to observe and photograph the occurrence. This illustration depicts British expeditions to Mauritius, Hawaii, South America and Egypt. The transit is important astronomically because if it is observed from various locations on the Earth's surface it is posible to calculate the solar parallax (the distance from the Earth to the Sun). Because of this, Captain James Cook was sent to Tahiti to observe the transit previous to that of 1874, which occurred in 1769. The next transit of Venus will be in 2004.
 

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