Chappe and the Transit of Venus, 1761

Chappe and the Transit of Venus, 1761

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Caption: Chappe and the Transit of Venus, 1761. Historical artwork of the French astronomer Jean-Baptiste Chappe d'Auteroche (left, 1722-1769) in Tobolsk, Siberia, Russia, during his expedition to observe the transit of Venus on 6 June 1761. This scene depicts a large electrical storm. The local inhabitants thought Chappe was a magician, responsible for causing the bad weather with his observations. Transits by Venus across the Sun are rare, and Chappe travelled to Mexico to observe the following one in 1769, dying there of yellow fever. Artwork from the second volume (second period of 1888) of the French popular science weekly 'La Science Illustree'.

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