Miscellaneous ToV Items
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A hodge-podge of material is related to the transit of Venus. Some of it is grand; some is trivial. Feel free to send us any links.
Extensive bibliography of original sources relating to transits of Venus, with links to many of the original publications; from R.H. van Gent.
Thomas Fly offers a way for observers to predict when the International Space Station (ISS) will pass in front of the sun or moon from their respective observing sites. The Transit Alert service will ideally send notices of predicted transits of the ISS..
Trying to predict where the International Space Station (ISS) will be during the transit of Venus, and the possibility of seeing ISS transit the sun concurrently with Venus; from Thomas Fly.
Collection of stamps pertaining to Captain James Cook, including some specific to the 1769 transit of Venus.
The spacecraft Opportunity captures images of the transit of the Martian moon Deimos across the face of the sun; from Sky & Telescope.
Item sold: "A View of 17 Transits of the Planet Venus over the Face of the Sun, (viz. from the Year 918 to 2117 inclusive)...( [London], 1750s ? ). 21 x 18.5 ins."
Item for sale: 19th century Magic Lantern that illustrates transit of Venus.
Bronze sculpture by Deborah Stern entitled "Transit of Venus."
Review of the 1992 play Transit of Venus written by Maureen Hunter.
Review of Franz Koklmann's Venus in Transit soundtrack.
Radiophonic program entitled The Transit of Venus by Nigel Helyer and Simo Alitalo; Australian Broadcasting Corporation, July 1999.
1908 Vanity Fair Print regarding the transit of Venus: "The Earl of Crawford."
Photogravure plate entitled "The Transit of Venus," circa 1888; artist unknown; printed by the Typographic Etching Company.
Excerpt from Ray Bradbury's All Summer in a Day, in which a girl on Venus is prevented from seeing the sun's appearance, which occurs only once every seven years and lasts only a couple of hours.
Tuvalu commemorative stamp from 1979 includes depiction of Captain Cook and the 1769 transit of Venus.
New Zealand stamp from 1969 Cook Voyages Bicentenary sheet features the transit of Venus.
Stereoscope card published by American Views purportedly of "the cabin of a wrecked crew of the Alabama, Chatham Island expedition."
Stereoscope card of the transit of Venus expedition to Chatham Island; from the American Views "Popular Series."
Transit sign in Montreal.
Auction Item: "Obverse: Captain Cook Festival, (bust of Captain Cook), James Cook, 1728 - 1779, English, 1969, Kona, Hawaii. Reverse: Cook's First Pacific Voyage, 200th Anniversary, (fort, palm trees), 1769, Fort Venus, Tahiti, Midpoint of Cook's 1768 - '71 Expedition, Here The Transit Of Venus Was Observed."
Inferential Evidence for the Pre-Telescopic Sighting of the Crescent Venus suggests the crescent figure adorning goddesses of the ancients is not a crescent moon but is a crescent Venus; from David Lance Goines.
Cycles of the Heart: The Venus Passage by Nick Anthony Fiorenza. [Note: While I normally do not include or advocate astrology websites that cite the "psychophysiology of Venus," I include this website for its good graphics and animations. --CB]
http://www-sll.stanford.edu/projects/tomprof/newtomprof/postings/68.html (link not active)
The editors of Astronomy magazine (October 1999) list the 25 greatest astronomical findings of all time, including the suggestion that Venus has an atmosphere, as observed during the 1761 transit of Venus.
A "Science Friday" episode of Talk of the Nation on National Public Radio (NPR) features a discussion about the transit of Venus; with guest astronomer Bob Berman.
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A bronze medal by A. Dubois commemorates the 1882 transit of Venus. In legend : QVO ° DISTENT ° SPATIO ° SIDERA ° IVNCTA ° DOCENT. Inscription in five lines : INSTITUT DE FRANCE / ACADEMIE DES SCIENCES / PASSAGE DE VENUS / SUR LE SOLEIL / 6 DECEMBRE 1882. Images courtesy of Art Medals.
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Rollins' Transit Series of stereocards features images from Kerguelen Island in 1874. The text notes, "Ship, English vessel, one mile in Royal Sound...There were 73 days of snow and rain during the 84 days the party remained there, and the mercury ranged from 8 degrees to 23 degrees below zero."
American Views, Popular Series, Transit of Venus Expedition, Chatham Island, No. 10128, titled: "The Camp, Wangaroa Bay."
Transcript of "Apocalypse Island" TV episode that aired on Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010, with reference to and alleged implications from the transit of Venus. From History Channel.
Video: Venus Transit; 2011 avant garde film from Animal Bodies.
Assorted transit material, from Oxford's Scientific Instrument Commission.
Summary of 2009 Dr. Who Episode. "The year is 1770, and daring explorer Captain James Cook and his crew on the Endeavour are navigating the Pacific Ocean. Into their midst come strangers: the Doctor and Ian Chesterton, who are believed to have come from Venus. But the TARDIS is lost to them - along with both Susan and Barbara - and Ian makes an enemy of the ship's chief scientist, Joseph Banks. Why is Banks acting strangely? Could it be that the travellers are not the only visitors from the stars?" By by Jacqueline Rayner.
Transit of Venus Garden at Chelsea Flower Show