Transit of Venus

Transit of Venus
Next week is a very important and rare scientific event: a transit of Venus. I first read about this phenomenon in Bill Bryson’s book A Short History of Nearly Everything. Captain Cook’s first voyage was actually to Tahiti to observe and record the 1769 transit. After the transit, he opened his sealed orders and learned he was to try to find the rumoured “Terra Australis.” And here we are!


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  1. Yes! Nathaniel ordered eclipse viewing glasses and could only get a pack of 25, so we’re having a viewing party :).

  2. We should both take measurements and see if he can calculate the Astronomical Unit from them! 🙂

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