Royal Observatory rekindles Venus

transit of Venus, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Nat Waddell,

The planetarium at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich will next year screen Rekindling Venus, a film from Australian artist Lynette Wallworth especially created for planetariums.

It premieres around the world on 5 June 2012 to coincide with the transit of Venus, which inspired the first known attempts at international scientific co-operation during times of war in 1761 and 1769.

Today, as marine biologists predict that whole ecosystems such as coral reefs may disappear within 50 years and conservationists fight their own war, Rekindling Venus is a call for renewed global cooperation in our present time.

You can watch a clip of Rekindling Venus here.


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