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The Transit of Venus 2004

Jeremiah Horrocks and the Transit of Venus
Jeremiah Horrocks was born in Toxteth, Liverpool and came to live in Hoole in 1639 possibly to tutor the children of John Stone who lived at Carr House at the time. It was from Hoole that he made the famous prediction and observaton of the Transit of Venus. At the time transits were important because they provided a method of calculating the distance between the earth and the sun.Towards the end of 1640 he returned to Toxteh where he died at the age of 22. There is a memorial to Jeremiah Horrocks outside St Michaels Church, Hoole. Jeremiah Horrocks - More Info

Local Celebrations
A number of local events are being held in celebration of Jeremiah Horrocks and the Transit of Venus. Please check our events listings for more details.

From May 2004 there will be a major exhibition on display at Astley Hall Museum. See the Astley Hall website for more details.

The University of Central Lancashire in Preston is celebrating the 2004 Transit of Venus and the historical heritage of Jeremiah Horrocks through a series of lectures, events & international collaborations.

Transit of Venus Projects for
Amateur Astronomers and Schools
Measuring the radius of Venus' orbit
Determing of the own geographical coordinates and the projected distance of different observers
Determing the radius of the Earth
Measuring the angular radius of the Sun
Exercises in photographing the Sun and exact position measurements on the Sun's disc (Sunspots)

 

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