Every so often, the planet Venus does something remarkable. Its orbit brings it to a point directly between the Sun and the Earth, where it appears to us as a black dot moving across the bright disc of the Sun. This transit of Venus is rare, occurring in pairs eight years apart and then not for more than a hundred years; it has fascinated astronomers for centuries.
2012 is the last chance in our lifetime to see this extraordinary astronomical event. This lavishly illustrated book written by Sydney Observatory Curator of Astronomy Dr Nick Lomb is a story of adventure and exploration, including how Captain Cook’s 1769 transit expedition led to the European settlement of Australia.
Containing rarely seen archival pictures of earlier transits as well as stunning photographs of the 2004 transit and the latest NASA images of Venus, the book also provides detailed viewing information for Australia and New Zealand for the 2012 transit.
Published by NewSouth Publishing in association with Powerhouse Publishing