Day the World Discovered the Sun An Extraordinary Story of Scientific Adventure and the Race to Track the Transit of Venus

ISBN-10: 0306820382
ISBN-13: 9780306820380
Edition: 2012
Authors: Mark Anderson
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Description: On June 3, 1769, the planet Venus briefly passed across the face of the sun in a cosmic alignment that occurs twice per century. Anticipation of the rare celestial event sparked a worldwide competition among aspiring global superpowers, each sending  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Da Capo Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/8/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

On June 3, 1769, the planet Venus briefly passed across the face of the sun in a cosmic alignment that occurs twice per century. Anticipation of the rare celestial event sparked a worldwide competition among aspiring global superpowers, each sending their own scientific expeditions to far-flung destinations to time the planet’s trek. These pioneers used the “Venus Transit” to discover the physical dimensions of the solar system and refine the methods of discovering longitude at sea.In this fast-paced narrative, Mark Anderson reveals the stories of three Venus Transit voyages--to the heart of the Arctic, the New World, and the Pacific—that risked every mortal peril of a candlelit age. With time running out, each expedition struggles to reach its destination—a quest that races to an unforgettable climax on a momentous summer day when the universe suddenly became much larger than anyone had dared to imagine.The Day the World Discovered the Suntells an epic story of the enduring human desire to understand our place in the universe.

Prologue
A Star in the Sun
The Choicest Wonders
Flying Bridges
The Mighty Dimensions
The Book and the Ship
Voyage en Californie
Great Expedition
Some Unfrequented Part
A Shining Band
Fort Venus
Behind the Sky
Subjects and Discoveries
Sail to the Southward
Eclipse
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Technical Appendix
Notes
Index
Illustrations follow page

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