Tuesday, June 08, 2004


Transit of Venus 1769

see also the nineteenth century:
R.J.Ellery state astronomer of the period oversaw the preparations for the 9th Dec event in 1874 ...
Pantomimes were performed in Melbourne a main character was a parody of Ellery { the locals thought the astronomers were making much ado about nothing}while in Hobart safe viewing practices with buckets of water in the streets for viewing the reflection of the event became the order of the day.

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Comments: transit

The lack of care for precision in reporting this transit must be frustrating for the scientists - it gets to me as a back-yard amateur. John Blackman on ABC this afternoon was making comment to a lady who was at the Melbourne Observatory, and with a tone of "seen it all", comments that there would probably be a crescent shape to the sun by now. Hello - John? This is only Venus transiting, not the moon, a little more care would help. He later admitted that he thought the 1975 total solar eclipse in Melbourne was "boring", apparently failing to realise it was one of the most spectacular sights ever seen in the skies over our fair city.
Posted by phlip at June 8, 2004 05:21 PM

I had Blackers on in the background.
Sounds like I didn't miss much...

Yes (err...I admit) I remember the eclipse.
It was indeed spectacular. (And slightly disturbing...)
Posted by boynton at June 8, 2004 05:32 PM

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