In the News: The Transit of Venus … 1769 edition

UCLA astronomers invite the public to join them at the head of Janss Steps on Tuesday, June 5, from 3:06 pm until sunset, to safely use their filter-equipped telescopes to watch Venus cross the face of the Sun.

Library Special Collections will bring a rolling exhibit case to join part of the festivities (3:00-4:30pm) in order to show half a dozen reports from an earlier Transit of Venus … the renowned 1769 event for which scientific teams were sent worldwide to make observations. We will have a  paper from Lt. (later Captain) James Cook’s voyage on the Endeavour to the south Pacific Ocean, Jean-Baptiste Chappe d’Auteroche’s posthumous report from Baja California, and James Ferguson’s 1769 astronomy textbook “for young gentlemen and ladies.”

For more about the history of the Transit of Venus, visit NASA’s website for the 2012 event.

Please be sure to read the advisory on the UCLA Planets website about viewing the Transit of Venus phenomenon ONLY with proper protection!

Russell Johnson
History & Special Collections for the Sciences
UCLA Library Special Collections

One Response to “In the News: The Transit of Venus … 1769 edition”

  1. Leslie Hanson says:

    I am very impressed that the library joins the campus in this historical event. What an amazing educational opportunity! Thanks for providing this info.

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