The Day the World Discovered the Sun: An Extraordinary Story of Scientific Adventure and the Race to Track the Transit of Venus

By Mark Anderson

On June three, 1769, the planet Venus in brief handed around the face of the sunlight in a cosmic alignment that happens two times in line with century. Anticipation of the infrequent celestial occasion sparked a world pageant between aspiring worldwide superpowers, each one sending their very own medical expeditions to far-flung locations to time the planet’s trek. those pioneers used the “Venus Transit” to find the actual dimensions of the sun process and refine the tools of gaining knowledge of longitude at sea.

In this fast moving narrative, Mark Anderson finds the tales of 3 Venus Transit voyages--to the guts of the Arctic, the recent global, and the Pacific--that risked each mortal peril of a candlelit age. With time operating out, every one day trip struggles to arrive its destination—--a quest that races to an unforgettable climax on a momentous summer season day while the universe without warning grew to become a lot higher than somebody had dared to imagine.

The Day the area came across the Sun tells an epic tale of the iconic human wish to comprehend our position within the universe.

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By Mark Anderson

On June three, 1769, the planet Venus in brief handed around the face of the sunlight in a cosmic alignment that happens two times in line with century. Anticipation of the infrequent celestial occasion sparked a world pageant between aspiring worldwide superpowers, each one sending their very own medical expeditions to far-flung locations to time the planet’s trek. those pioneers used the “Venus Transit” to find the actual dimensions of the sun process and refine the tools of gaining knowledge of longitude at sea.

In this fast moving narrative, Mark Anderson finds the tales of 3 Venus Transit voyages--to the guts of the Arctic, the recent global, and the Pacific--that risked each mortal peril of a candlelit age. With time operating out, every one day trip struggles to arrive its destination—--a quest that races to an unforgettable climax on a momentous summer season day while the universe without warning grew to become a lot higher than somebody had dared to imagine.

The Day the area came across the Sun tells an epic tale of the iconic human wish to comprehend our position within the universe.

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