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Just twice in a life time

The Transit of Venus
Next week's event is creating a lot of interest in Australia, not only because of its rarity and the potentially good viewing that will be available here, but also because of the connection of an earlier Transit and the exploration of the two islands of New Zealand and the east coast of Australia by Lt James Cook.

In 1769 Cook was sent to the newly discovered islands of Tahiti in a refitted coal carrier, renamed Endeavour, as part of a British initiative to study the Transit from Norway, Canada and the Pacific.  Having completed his scientific task, although not to his own high standards, Cook opened sealed orders from the Lords of the Admiralty to turn south and begin a dedicated search for The Great South Land.


   
The 2004 Transit


An eclipse as seen from space.
Clear skies over Oz, let's hope we have this for the Transit on Wednesday.  The next Transit will be 2117.  



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vjezkova
Jun. 2nd, 2012 07:43 pm (UTC)
I put the event in my calendar...but there is a small chance I would be able to escape from work and run in our local observatory. And there is also the weather...
I hope there will be some video available.
Last time I was lucky to visit a great exhibition about the Transition in history in Oxford Museum - it was great!
nautile26
Jun. 2nd, 2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
Sydney Observatory is doing  a live stream, so I'll be watching that as I'll be at work.  Now, of course, having had the sunniest, driest May just about ever, it's now wet and foggy all up and down the east coast.  :P
Hopefully this will clear by Wednesday.

Fortunately, there are a number of live streams taking place from around the globe.
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