The 1639 Transit of Venus

  • Jonathan Powell
Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)


The recording of astronomical phenomena can take on many guises, not just those that are immediately apparent. The simple exchange of handwritten letters with ideas and thoughts between one astronomer and another can serve as the basis to many a discovery, for without such communication and the subsequent archiving of such works, many an untold story would have been lost in history, often to be abridged with speculation and conjecture (Fig. 8.1).

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  • Jonathan Powell
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  1. 1.Ebbw ValeUK

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