OMG! Lifetime opportunity!

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

The Australian National Maritime Museum is offering 35 people the chance to sail aboard its replica of the ship Captain James Cook voyaged in to Tahiti in 1769 to observe the transit of Venus.

The ballot for a spot on the HMB Endeavour has already opened. Hopefuls have till 10 February to submit their applications and the winners will be chosen ten days later.

The ship departs Sydney on 31 May and drops anchor off Lord Howe Island on 5 June in time to see this year’s transit begin next day at 08.15 local time.

It really is the opportunity of a lifetime since the next Venus transit won’t happen again till December 2117. Also, it has to be said, Lord Howe Island really does look rather nice.

For more information and to apply click here. There’s also a nice write up here.

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