Transit of Venus, 1874

Transit of Venus, 1874

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Credit: ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Observations on the transit of Venus. Cover of Henry Chamberlain Russell's book 'Observations on the transit of Venus, 9 December 1874: made at stations in New South Wales'. Several expeditions were organised to different locations to observe the 1874 transit. The combined results helped establish the distance of Venus and the Sun, and hence the size of the solar system.

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