December 18, 2017

Review: The Transits of Venus by William Sheehan & John Westfall.

 
Out from Prometheus Books!
Out from Prometheus Books!
 

In less than a year’s time, an event will happen that none of us will live to see again; a transit across the face of the Sun by the planet Venus. In this regard, this week’s review of the book The Transits of Venus by William Sheehan and John Westfall looks at the history of this rare phenomenon. Published in 2004 by Prometheus Books, this work serves as essential reading covering the history, understanding, and what to expect when viewing a transit of Venus. These rare spectacles occur in eight year pairs spaced over longer 121.5 to 105.5 year intervals; [Read more...]

The Oldest Observatory in South America.

An undiscovered astronomical gem sits in the downtown heart of Quito, Ecuador. Amid the high altitude urban bustle stands the Quito Observatory, a three turreted victorian style complex in triangular La Alameda park. Built in 1875, this observatory now serves as a recently reopened museum and weather station, and is  still occassionally utilized for public outreach on clear evenings.

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