The 1874 transit of Venus: New Zealand's first foray into international astronomy

Orchiston, W. (2012) The 1874 transit of Venus: New Zealand's first foray into international astronomy. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 42 (2). pp. 145-152.

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Abstract

The nineteenth century transits of Venus provided astronomers with the opportunity to use these rare events to calculate the solar parallax, and New Zealand played a vital role. Apart from activities by local astronomers, international expeditions from England, France, Germany and the USA were based in New Zealand for the 1874 transit. Although many observing sites were clouded out on the vital day, New Zealand-based observations contributed to the determination of the solar parallax and led to further local observations during the 1882 transit of Venus.

Item ID: 23002
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: New Zealand, 1874 transit of Venus, Auckland Islands, Burnham, Chatham Islands, Queenstown
ISSN: 0303-6758
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2012 05:33
FoR Codes: 02 PHYSICAL SCIENCES > 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences > 020199 Astronomical and Space Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences @ 100%
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