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Tahiti, Samuel Wallis, Joseph Banks, Captain James Cook, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

On this day in 1769…

  Several days after returning to Tahiti from Mo‘orea following the 3 June transit of Venus, the Endeavour’s naturalist Joseph Banks took a walk in the woods, as he often did. While some of the men already suspected that another

Tahiti, Samuel Wallis, Joseph Banks, Captain James Cook, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

On this day in 1769…

  Several days after returning to Tahiti from Mo‘orea following the 3 June transit of Venus, the Endeavour’s naturalist Joseph Banks took a walk in the woods, as he often did. While some of the men already suspected that another

astronomy, transit of Venus, John Bird, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell

Historical astronomical apparatus of the day

A quadrant, such as the one above, measures the altitude of celestial objects and was one of the key pieces of equipment the astronomer Charles Green needed to observe the transit of Venus from Tahiti in 1769. Used in combination

astronomy, transit of Venus, John Bird, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell

Historical astronomical apparatus of the day

A quadrant, such as the one above, measures the altitude of celestial objects and was one of the key pieces of equipment the astronomer Charles Green needed to observe the transit of Venus from Tahiti in 1769. Used in combination

Captain Cook, Joseph Banks, Venus, Pan, satyr, mythology, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

The goat that sailed the world

In case you missed it, last weekend marked the annual John DeGroot Australian Goat Racing Cup, which takes place each year in the outback Queensland town of Barcaldine to coincide with Labour Day celebrations. This year’s winner, a goat by

Captain Cook, Joseph Banks, Venus, Pan, satyr, mythology, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

The goat that sailed the world

In case you missed it, last weekend marked the annual John DeGroot Australian Goat Racing Cup, which takes place each year in the outback Queensland town of Barcaldine to coincide with Labour Day celebrations. This year’s winner, a goat by

Tahiti, James Cook, Joseph Banks, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell, Prince Nassau-Siegen,

Strangers in Otaheite

On April 24, 1769, Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander went off to explore. They headed east away from the place where the Endeavour’s men had begun to establish Fort Venus at the northern tip of the island the locals called

Tahiti, James Cook, Joseph Banks, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell, Prince Nassau-Siegen,

Strangers in Otaheite

On April 24, 1769, Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander went off to explore. They headed east away from the place where the Endeavour’s men had begun to establish Fort Venus at the northern tip of the island the locals called

Jupiter, Venus, transit of Venus, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Tahiti, Captain Cook, Charles Green, astronomy, Natalie Waddell

Jupiter and its four moons

On this day in 1769, an eclipse of one of Jupiter’s four moons took place. Having recently arrived at Tahiti, Captain Cook and the Endeavour’s astronomer Charles Green went ashore to witness the event. In the days before good chronometers

Jupiter, Venus, transit of Venus, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Tahiti, Captain Cook, Charles Green, astronomy, Natalie Waddell

Jupiter and its four moons

On this day in 1769, an eclipse of one of Jupiter’s four moons took place. Having recently arrived at Tahiti, Captain Cook and the Endeavour’s astronomer Charles Green went ashore to witness the event. In the days before good chronometers

Captain Cook, Tahiti, transit of Venus, Joseph Banks, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

On this day in 1769…

Almost eight months after setting sail from England, and some 15,000 nautical miles later, Captain James Cook and the crew of the HMB Endeavour finally confirmed their first sighting of Tahiti. Having caught a glimpse of it in the distance

Captain Cook, Tahiti, transit of Venus, Joseph Banks, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

On this day in 1769…

Almost eight months after setting sail from England, and some 15,000 nautical miles later, Captain James Cook and the crew of the HMB Endeavour finally confirmed their first sighting of Tahiti. Having caught a glimpse of it in the distance

Captain Cook, Tahiti, Endeavour, transit of Venus, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell

Captain Cook’s first voyage – in Google Earth

Someone who knows far more about technology than I do has gone to the trouble of taking Captain Cook’s first voyage around the world and rendering it in Google Earth – complete with a 3D graphic model of his ship,

Captain Cook, Tahiti, Endeavour, transit of Venus, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell

Captain Cook’s first voyage – in Google Earth

Someone who knows far more about technology than I do has gone to the trouble of taking Captain Cook’s first voyage around the world and rendering it in Google Earth – complete with a 3D graphic model of his ship,