April 24, 2014

Review: Two Essential Transit of Venus Books!

This week, we’re going to break from convention and we’re giving you an early review and a shoutout of two fine and indispensible resources for the upcoming transit of Venus on June 5th-6th. This is the last such transit of our sister world for this century, and over the years we’ve reviewed two fine books on this unique event: The Transits of Venus by William Sheehan & John Westfall and The Day the World Discovered the Sun by Mark Anderson. [Read more...]

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...]