Observatory for 1874 transit of Venus

Observatory for 1874 transit of Venus

R102/0152 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 25.0MB

Downloadable file size: 6.4MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Credit: SHEILA TERRY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Observatory for 1874 transit of Venus. Instruments used by a British astronomical expedition to observe the Venus transit of 1874. The equipment was designed to measure the time taken for Venus to pass across the Sun (an event known as a transit). The observation instrument is at upper right. The instrument at left (labelled number 1916) is the astronomical regulator used to time the event. The transit of Venus occurs twice every 113 years. Five British expeditions were organised to observe the 1874 transit of Venus, travelling to Egypt, Hawaii, Rodriguez, New Zealand and Kerguelen. This is Station B, in Honolulu, Hawaii. The combined results helped established the distance of Venus and the Sun, and hence the size of the solar system. Artwork from Pioneers of Science (Oliver Lodge, 1893).

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: 1800s, 1874, 19th century, artwork, astronomer, astronomical, astronomical clock, astronomical regulator, astronomy, british expedition, chronometer, device, english, equipment, field station, hawai'i, hawaii, historical, history, honolulu, hut, illustration, inside, instrument, interior, observatory, oliver lodge, pioneers of science, size of solar system, station b, technological, technology, telescope, timer, transit, transit instrument, venus, venus transit observatory

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.