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The transit of the planet Venus across the disk of the Sun is one of the rarest planetary alignments. In fact, only seven of these planetary events have occurred since the invention of the telescope in 1608.The next transit of Venus takes place on 5 June 2012. This will be the last opportunity for anyone currently living to view the transit, which will not take place again until 2117. A transit occurs when a planet crosses the disc of the Sun as seen from the Earth. Earlier transits of Venus have played a major role in scientific discovery, as ahead of the 1769 transit, scientists recognized that by recording the transit, the distance between the Sun and the earth could be measured. That and many other related stories of scientific discovery connected with earlier transits that have taken place since the invention of the telescope are brilliantly described in this visual feast of a book.
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|Transit Fast Facts||p. 10|
|A spot of unusual magnitude: 1639||p. 24|
|Frozen plains and tropical seas: 1761||p. 44|
|Venus of the South Seas: 1769||p. 76|
|Capturing the transit: 1874 and 1882||p. 106|
|Space-age transit: 2004||p. 164|
|Observing the 2012 transit||p. 200|
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