Posts Tagged: Venus

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

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

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

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

Historical astronomical apparatus of the day

The model above is a mechanical planetarium or orrery, dated to 1761 and made by the English surveyor, engraver, map- and instrument-maker Benjamin Cole. It was produced to demonstrate the principles of the transit of Venus, which took place on

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

Historical astronomical apparatus of the day

The model above is a mechanical planetarium or orrery, dated to 1761 and made by the English surveyor, engraver, map- and instrument-maker Benjamin Cole. It was produced to demonstrate the principles of the transit of Venus, which took place on

transit of Venus, Venus, James Ferguson, Isaac Newton, Jeremiah Horrocks, Copernicus, Edmond Halley, Johannes Kepler, Natalie Waddell

Astronomy explained…

…upon Sir Isaac Newton’s Principles: and made easy to those who have not studied mathematics. This was the title of a book by the self-educated Scottish astronomer and instrument maker James Ferguson, whose work did much to popularize the understanding

transit of Venus, Venus, James Ferguson, Isaac Newton, Jeremiah Horrocks, Copernicus, Edmond Halley, Johannes Kepler, Natalie Waddell

Astronomy explained…

…upon Sir Isaac Newton’s Principles: and made easy to those who have not studied mathematics. This was the title of a book by the self-educated Scottish astronomer and instrument maker James Ferguson, whose work did much to popularize the understanding

Venus, transit of Venus, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Starwatch: Transit of Venus

Britain is poorly placed for views of the astronomical highlight of 2012, but the situation is not hopeless. Seen from the direction of the Earth’s centre, Venus first touches the Sun’s NE limb at 23:10 BST on 5 June, is

Venus, transit of Venus, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Starwatch: Transit of Venus

Britain is poorly placed for views of the astronomical highlight of 2012, but the situation is not hopeless. Seen from the direction of the Earth’s centre, Venus first touches the Sun’s NE limb at 23:10 BST on 5 June, is

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

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

The transit of Venus – an alternative view

The above satirical cartoon was published by Robert Sayer & Co of Fleet Street, London and dated 16 December 1793. “Titled ‘Viewing the Transit of Venus’, the caption is a play-on-words with respect to astronomy. A gentleman looks through his

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

The transit of Venus – an alternative view

The above satirical cartoon was published by Robert Sayer & Co of Fleet Street, London and dated 16 December 1793. “Titled ‘Viewing the Transit of Venus’, the caption is a play-on-words with respect to astronomy. A gentleman looks through his