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

Little Mermaid gets her prince

For almost a century, Copenhagen’s iconic Little Mermaid statue has perched alone on a rock in the harbour, wistfully pining for the prince she has been promised – and now she will finally get her man, according to a report

Little Mermaid gets her prince

For almost a century, Copenhagen’s iconic Little Mermaid statue has perched alone on a rock in the harbour, wistfully pining for the prince she has been promised – and now she will finally get her man, according to a report

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

Something rather beautiful

As the 2012 transit of Venus draws close, it marks the culmination of five years hard work for one Australian artist. Lynette Wallworth’s film, Coral: Rekindling Venus, will begin screening in 24 venues around the world on June 5, to

Something rather beautiful

As the 2012 transit of Venus draws close, it marks the culmination of five years hard work for one Australian artist. Lynette Wallworth’s film, Coral: Rekindling Venus, will begin screening in 24 venues around the world on June 5, to

Anne de Lenclos, courtesan, Joseph Banks, Ninon de l'Enclos, Tahiti, Oberea, Purea, Queen of Tahiti, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

The Coquette Avenged

Ninon de l’Enclos is a relatively obscure figure in the English-speaking world, but is much better known in France where her name is synonymous with wit and beauty. While this may be the case today, a generation after her death

Anne de Lenclos, courtesan, Joseph Banks, Ninon de l'Enclos, Tahiti, Oberea, Purea, Queen of Tahiti, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

The Coquette Avenged

Ninon de l’Enclos is a relatively obscure figure in the English-speaking world, but is much better known in France where her name is synonymous with wit and beauty. While this may be the case today, a generation after her death