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The transits of Venus, William Sheehan and John Westfall

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The transits of Venus
Title
The transits of Venus
Statement of responsibility
William Sheehan and John Westfall
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"If you are interested in observing a sight not witnessed by humankind for over 120 years, you'd better consult this book. One June 8, the planet Venus will appear to traverse the face of the sun for the first time since 1882. Thanks to William Sheehan and John Westfall, everything you need to know to arrange the perfect transit observation is found right here, from the best spots to watch to the best equipment for viewing." "Sheehan and Westfall paint a picture of the history of this rare phenomenon through this year's transit as well as that of June 5-6, 2012. They interweave a discussion of its scientific significance with the stories of the people who went to great lengths to be a part of its legacy, such as Jeremiah Horrocks, the first known viewer of the transit, who began his observations a whole day early in case of inaccurate calculations; Captain James Cook, who sailed halfway around the world just to take a viewing party to an advantageous point on the globe, keeping his crew healthy on the long voyage by tricking them into eating sauerkraut; and Jean Chappe d'Auteroche, who paid the ultimate price to see Venus's tiny silhouette. A background in the history of astronomy is also provided, from the experiments of the ancients through the Copernican revolution to using radar to determine astronomical distances."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
523.9/2
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
QB509
LC item number
.S57 2004
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
The transits of Venus, William Sheehan and John Westfall
Label
The transits of Venus, William Sheehan and John Westfall
Link
http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0410/2003022420.html
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 377-392) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • Homage to Horrocks
  • 6.
  • A celestial monarchy
  • 7.
  • "This famed phenomenon"
  • 8.
  • Cook's tour
  • 9.
  • Pursuing a planet
  • 1.
  • 10.
  • A noble triumph : surpassed
  • 11.
  • From englightment to precision
  • 12.
  • Upon the flame-cased sun
  • 13.
  • 1882 : the last hurrah
  • 14.
  • A "compleat" guide to our transits : 2004 and 2012
  • Of time and number
  • App. A.
  • Transits of Venus, -2970 to +7464
  • App. B.
  • Data on observed transits, 1639-2012
  • App. C.
  • Local circumstances for the transit of Venus, June 8, 2004
  • App. D.
  • Local circumstances for the transit of Venus, June 5-6, 2012
  • App. E.
  • June and December sunshine probability maps
  • 2.
  • Planet watchers
  • 3.
  • Venusian preludes
  • 4.
  • A missed opportunity
Control code
8031346
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Dimensions
24 cm.
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Extent
407 pages
Isbn
9781591021759
Lccn
2003022420
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) SL269413
  • (DLC) 2003022420
  • (BNAtoc) 2003022420

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