Author(s): Nick Lamb
On 8 June 2004 Venus crossed in front of the Sun and repeated one of the most famous events in science and one of particular importance to Australians. Transit of Venus explains the science behind this rare event and how it led Captain James Cook to map the east coast of Australia with quotes from his log books held by the State Library of NSW. It looks at the 1769 transit observed by Cook and the astronomer Charles Green from Tahiti, and the 1874 transit observed by Sydney Observatory astronomer Henry Chamberlain Russell and his team of illustrious observers from Sydney, from Woodford in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney and from other observing stations; and it provides information on viewing the transit. The publication also features reproductions of the beautiful watercolours produced by the different observers to illustrate H C Russell's Observations of the transit of Venus, 9 December 1874.