Category Archives: science

transit of Venus, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell, NASA, Venus Transit 2012,

Venus says farewell

At approximately 05.50 British Summer Time today, Venus completed her transit across the face of the Sun and disappeared again for another 105.5 years. Photo via NASA/SDO/AIA Advertisements

transit of Venus, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell, NASA, Venus Transit 2012,

Venus says farewell

At approximately 05.50 British Summer Time today, Venus completed her transit across the face of the Sun and disappeared again for another 105.5 years. Photo via NASA/SDO/AIA

Encyclopaedia Londinensis, Richard Corbould, transit of Venus, botany, astronomy, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical botanical (and astronomical) illustration of the day

In the era of Enlightenment, books of knowledge, like Encyclopaedia Londinensis, published by English printer, bookseller and stationer John Wilkes in 1807, became more and more ambitious in their scope and scale. This is perhaps best illustrated by the book’s

Encyclopaedia Londinensis, Richard Corbould, transit of Venus, botany, astronomy, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical botanical (and astronomical) illustration of the day

In the era of Enlightenment, books of knowledge, like Encyclopaedia Londinensis, published by English printer, bookseller and stationer John Wilkes in 1807, became more and more ambitious in their scope and scale. This is perhaps best illustrated by the book’s

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

On this day in 1769…

Captain James Cook, the Endeavour’s astronomer Charles Green and the rest of the men employed in observing the transit of Venus woke to fine weather and a clear view of the rare celestial event they’d traveled so far to see.

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

On this day in 1769…

Captain James Cook, the Endeavour’s astronomer Charles Green and the rest of the men employed in observing the transit of Venus woke to fine weather and a clear view of the rare celestial event they’d traveled so far to see.

The Great Southern Continent, Terra Australis, Cook's secret instructions, transit of Venus, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Hints, secrets and the great unknown

With only a few days to go before the transit of Venus – the reason James Cook and his men voyaged to Tahiti in 1769 aboard the Endeavour – the captain was determined to do everything to ensure the operation

The Great Southern Continent, Terra Australis, Cook's secret instructions, transit of Venus, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Hints, secrets and the great unknown

With only a few days to go before the transit of Venus – the reason James Cook and his men voyaged to Tahiti in 1769 aboard the Endeavour – the captain was determined to do everything to ensure the operation

Carl Linnaeus, Systema Naturae, sexual system, Georg Dionysius Ehret, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Magnolia grandiflora, commonly known as the southern magnolia or bull bay, is a tree of the family Magnoliaceae native to the southeastern United States. It was one of the many species first described by Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus in his

Carl Linnaeus, Systema Naturae, sexual system, Georg Dionysius Ehret, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Magnolia grandiflora, commonly known as the southern magnolia or bull bay, is a tree of the family Magnoliaceae native to the southeastern United States. It was one of the many species first described by Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus in his

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

astronomy, transit of Venus, James Short, Captain Cook, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical astronomical apparatus of the day

The Gregorian telescope is a type of reflecting telescope designed by Scottish mathematician and astronomer James Gregory in the 17th century, and first built in 1673 by Robert Hooke. The design pre-dates the first practical reflecting telescope, the Newtonian telescope,

astronomy, transit of Venus, James Short, Captain Cook, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical astronomical apparatus of the day

The Gregorian telescope is a type of reflecting telescope designed by Scottish mathematician and astronomer James Gregory in the 17th century, and first built in 1673 by Robert Hooke. The design pre-dates the first practical reflecting telescope, the Newtonian telescope,