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Transits of Venus (IAU C196)


  • 306 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 554 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 1.25 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 523.92
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: QB513.2 .I57 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Venus (Planet)--Transit--2004--Congresses

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521849074 | ISBN-10: 0521849071)

On 24 November 1639 in the tiny Lancashire village of Much Hoole, Jeremiah Horrocks made the first observations of a transit of Venus. In the following century the great expeditions to observe the transits of Venus gave us the most colourful stories in astronomy. IAU C196 coincided with the 8 June 2004 transit of Venus, producing the exciting, eclectic mix that can be found in these proceedings: the amazing history of the English North-country astronomers of the seventeenth century; the AU at a precision of 1.4 m; the explanation for the infamous black drop effect; a possible Mayan observation of a transit of Venus in the thirteenth century; the vexed question of leap seconds and time scales; history, distances, parallaxes, the solar system at exquisite precision and future space missions that will revolutionise astronomy.

• Proceedings of IAU meeting in June 2004 • Covers history of astronomy as well as latest developments in the field • Of interest to researchers in history of science, astronomy and astrophysics


Part I. Transits of Venus: History, Results and Legacy: Part II. The AU and the PC; Part III. Transits, the Solar System and Extra-Solar Planets; Part IV. The Jeremiah Horrocks Memorial Public Lecture; Part V. New Views of the Galaxy: Parallaxes, Distances and Implications for Astrophysics; Part VI. New Views of the Galaxy: Future Space and Ground-Based Programmes; Part VII. Summary.

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