Posts Tagged: science

Jupiter and Venus converge

If, like me, you’ve been amazed at seeing Jupiter and Venus so close together and so bright in the night sky this week, then you’ll probably appreciate some of the amazing photos that have been taken around the world by

Jupiter and Venus converge

If, like me, you’ve been amazed at seeing Jupiter and Venus so close together and so bright in the night sky this week, then you’ll probably appreciate some of the amazing photos that have been taken around the world by

Venus, transit of Venus, florilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium

Counting down to the transit of Venus

Three months before the last transit of Venus this century. “The transits are an interesting marker of mankind’s technological advances,” says Dr Thomas Widemann of the Observatoire de Paris. “In the eighteenth century, pendulum clock allowed accurate timings during a

Venus, transit of Venus, florilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium

Counting down to the transit of Venus

Three months before the last transit of Venus this century. “The transits are an interesting marker of mankind’s technological advances,” says Dr Thomas Widemann of the Observatoire de Paris. “In the eighteenth century, pendulum clock allowed accurate timings during a

100 days till the transit of Venus…

…and she’s already looking amazing, here to the bottom right of the Moon. Jupiter is just visible in the top left of the picture, taken by yours truly over London about an hour ago. In case you haven’t looked in

100 days till the transit of Venus…

…and she’s already looking amazing, here to the bottom right of the Moon. Jupiter is just visible in the top left of the picture, taken by yours truly over London about an hour ago. In case you haven’t looked in

Debate over Irish Giant’s fate reawakens

An article in the British Medical Journal this week has reopened the debate about whether the skeleton of Charles Byrne, the ‘Irish Giant’, should be removed from the London museum where it has been on display for almost 200 years

Debate over Irish Giant’s fate reawakens

An article in the British Medical Journal this week has reopened the debate about whether the skeleton of Charles Byrne, the ‘Irish Giant’, should be removed from the London museum where it has been on display for almost 200 years

The unluckiest Frenchman ever?

French astronomer Guillaume Le Gentil sailed from Paris in 1760 for Pondichéry (Puducherry) in India to observe the transit of Venus on June 6, 1761. On the way, he stopped off at Île de France (Mauritius) and learned of the

The unluckiest Frenchman ever?

French astronomer Guillaume Le Gentil sailed from Paris in 1760 for Pondichéry (Puducherry) in India to observe the transit of Venus on June 6, 1761. On the way, he stopped off at Île de France (Mauritius) and learned of the

Measuring the Universe

The Royal Observatory in Greenwich will mark next year’s June 5 transit of Venus with an exhibition and series of talks from March through to August. Measuring the Universe will explore the way astronomers used the rare celestial event in

Measuring the Universe

The Royal Observatory in Greenwich will mark next year’s June 5 transit of Venus with an exhibition and series of talks from March through to August. Measuring the Universe will explore the way astronomers used the rare celestial event in

Our last Transit of Venus

Here’s a teaser for a documentary that’s in the works about the upcoming 2012 transit of Venus. The project, led by Lightcurve Films, will highlight three groups of people: scientists who will observe the transit to study Venus and exoplanets;

Our last Transit of Venus

Here’s a teaser for a documentary that’s in the works about the upcoming 2012 transit of Venus. The project, led by Lightcurve Films, will highlight three groups of people: scientists who will observe the transit to study Venus and exoplanets;

A picturesque Venus transit

The transit of Venus across the face of the Sun in 2004 was one of the better-photographed events in sky history. The above was taken by David Cortner and comes via Nasa’s Astronomy Picture of the Day. The next transit will

A picturesque Venus transit

The transit of Venus across the face of the Sun in 2004 was one of the better-photographed events in sky history. The above was taken by David Cortner and comes via Nasa’s Astronomy Picture of the Day. The next transit will

On this day in 2012…

The transit of Venus – a rare celestial event that has happened only six times since the telescope was invented more than 400 years ago and will not happen again in our lifetimes – will become visible in most of

On this day in 2012…

The transit of Venus – a rare celestial event that has happened only six times since the telescope was invented more than 400 years ago and will not happen again in our lifetimes – will become visible in most of

John Hunter’s two-tailed lizard

The two-tailed lizard John Hunter bagged on Belle Île after British troops had captured the island on 22 April 1761 and which is these days on display in the Hunterian Museum in London. The young surgeon, who sailed with the soldiers

John Hunter’s two-tailed lizard

The two-tailed lizard John Hunter bagged on Belle Île after British troops had captured the island on 22 April 1761 and which is these days on display in the Hunterian Museum in London. The young surgeon, who sailed with the soldiers