Posts Tagged: Captain Cook

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,

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Metrosideros collina is a species of flowering plant in the family Myrtaceae. It is native to the Marquesas Islands, the Society Islands, Fiji and Vanuatu. The Myrtaceae or Myrtle family are a group of dicotyledon plants, placed within the order

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Metrosideros collina is a species of flowering plant in the family Myrtaceae. It is native to the Marquesas Islands, the Society Islands, Fiji and Vanuatu. The Myrtaceae or Myrtle family are a group of dicotyledon plants, placed within the order

Taiata, Sydney Parkinson, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium

The tragic tale of Taiata and the artist’s journal

The Royal Society is gradually opening up its archives – among them the artist Sydney Parkinson’s Journal of a Voyage to the South Seas, in His Majesty’s Ship, The Endeavour, first published in 1773. One of the illustrations from the

Taiata, Sydney Parkinson, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium

The tragic tale of Taiata and the artist’s journal

The Royal Society is gradually opening up its archives – among them the artist Sydney Parkinson’s Journal of a Voyage to the South Seas, in His Majesty’s Ship, The Endeavour, first published in 1773. One of the illustrations from the

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

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

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Gardenia taitensis, also known as Tahitian Gardenia or Tiare Flower, is a species within the Rubiaceae family of flowering plants. The anglicized name Tahitian Gardenia is something of a misnomer since it is neither native nor naturalised in Tahiti. It

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Gardenia taitensis, also known as Tahitian Gardenia or Tiare Flower, is a species within the Rubiaceae family of flowering plants. The anglicized name Tahitian Gardenia is something of a misnomer since it is neither native nor naturalised in Tahiti. It

OMG! Lifetime opportunity!

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

OMG! Lifetime opportunity!

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

transit of Venus, Venus, Tahiti, forilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium

Charting Venus: a collection of transit maps

One example from a beautiful collection of historical maps and diagrams of past transits of Venus, the majority of which come from the work of Victorian astronomer Richard A. Proctor. For the full series in high resolution click here.

transit of Venus, Venus, Tahiti, forilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium

Charting Venus: a collection of transit maps

One example from a beautiful collection of historical maps and diagrams of past transits of Venus, the majority of which come from the work of Victorian astronomer Richard A. Proctor. For the full series in high resolution click here.

Maskelyne and Banks

As Astronomer Royal and president of the Royal Society respectively Nevil Maskelyne and Joseph Banks had a long and complex relationship, spanning more than forty years. The two giants of late 18th century science were key members of the Board

Maskelyne and Banks

As Astronomer Royal and president of the Royal Society respectively Nevil Maskelyne and Joseph Banks had a long and complex relationship, spanning more than forty years. The two giants of late 18th century science were key members of the Board

Tahitian beauty rejuvinated

Restoration work on a portrait of a Tahitian princess, painted more than 200 years ago, is almost complete. The picture of Poedua by the artist John Webber dates back to 1785 and was purchased for $2 million at auction two

Tahitian beauty rejuvinated

Restoration work on a portrait of a Tahitian princess, painted more than 200 years ago, is almost complete. The picture of Poedua by the artist John Webber dates back to 1785 and was purchased for $2 million at auction two