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

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ISBN-10: 0306820382

ISBN-13: 9780306820380

Edition: 2012

Authors: Mark Anderson

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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…    
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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

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
Technical Appendix
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