From the transit of Venus to the edge of the cosmos

A new exhibition opened at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London today ahead of the transit of Venus in June.

A season of talks, special events and planetarium shows will ask the same question astronomers in past centuries sought to answer through their observations of past Venus transits: just how big is the Universe? It will also tell the stories of those such as Edmund Halley, Captain Cook and Edwin Hubble who attempted to find the solution.

‘Measuring the Universe: from the transit of Venus to the edge of the cosmos’ runs until September 2.

exploring the history of In June 2012 stargazers will flock to prime locations around the world to see the Transit of Venus – the next one will not occur for another 105 years.

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