oa MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - The 1882 transit of Venus: The British expeditions to South Africa
|Article Title||The 1882 transit of Venus: The British expeditions to South Africa|
|© Publisher:||Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA)|
|Journal||MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa|
|Affiliations||1 South African Astronomical Observatory|
|Publication Date||Apr 2004|
|Pages||34 - 57|
|Keyword(s)||1882 transit, Astronomy, British expeditions, South Africa and Venus|
Prior to the 19th century transits of Venus, the Cape Observatory already had a long history of involvement in parallax observations. The results of the 1874 transit were not particularly encouraging, compared to alternative methods of measuring the astronomical unit devised by that time.
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