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The Transits Of Venus

Author : William Sheehan
ISBN : 9781615925476
Genre : Science
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With a Full Preview of the June 8th, 2004, and June 5th, 2012 Transits of Venus!I could not put the book down! With the rare passages of Venus across the sun''s face as their theme, Sheehan and Westfall transport the reader through centuries of exciting historical drama . . . . The timely volume provides an enthralling trip through the history of astronomy. . . . - Clark R. Chapman, Institute Scientist, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, ColoradoA masterful work -- full of mystery, intrigue, passion and danger. Sheehan and Westfall take us on a wild and enchanting romp through time, as imminent scientists, disillusioned egoists, impassioned mathematicians, and preeminent explorers, chase the shadow of Venus around the globe on a grail-like quest for the ''perfect number.'' -- Steve O''Meara, Contributing Editor, Sky & TelescopeSheehan and Westfall have produced a page-turning account of the circumstances and history of one of Nature''s rarest phenomena. Passion, obsession, frustration, adventure, rivalry and disaster, above all the triumph of intellect to fathom the depths of space, are all exemplified in this fascinating tale of scientific endeavour. - Richard Baum, Director emeritus, Mercury and Venus Section of the British Astronomical AssociationSheehan and Westfall have produced an exciting, colorful and definitive account of the history of an extremely rare astronomical phenomenon. Using the detailed instructions provided, the book will inspire readers to view Venus as it transits the sun for the first time since 1882. - Steven J. Dick, NASA Chief HistorianWhat a heroic human quest to catch a glimpse of Venus in silhouette in front of the sun! The scientific payoff was nothing less than the confirmation of Copernican theory. Incredibly, transits of Venus portend the discovery of dozens of earth-like planets as they transit their host suns, causing them to wink in the night sky. - Geoff Marcy, Discoverer of Extrasolar Planets, University of California, BerkeleyIn a story that is enriched with historical and political context, Sheehan and Westfall capture the human spirit that drove a scientific collaboration spanning five centuries. This continuum of humanity painted over the petty egos of individual scientists, the setbacks of war, bad weather and human mortality to finally take measure of the rare transits of Venus and thereby reveal the size of Venus and the Earth-Sun distance. Just in time for the next silhouetting of Venus in June 2004, this book shows us why the tiny transit of Venus is a big deal! - Debra Fischer, Professor of Astronomy, San Francisco State UniversityIn this unique and fascinating history of science, acclaimed popular science writer William Sheehan-who was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for Science Writing-and award-winning geographer John Westfall take us back through the centuries to chronicle the intrepid explorations of scientists and adventurers who studied the transits of Venus in the quest for scientific understanding.In exquisite prose, the authors begin their true tale with the first telescopically observable transit in 1639, when Copernicus''s vision of the solar system was just gaining acceptance. This Earth-shattering observation was of monumental importance, because it helped confirm that the planets, including Earth, revolved around the Sun, and not the reverse as had heretofore been believed.Sheehan and Westfall take us on a journey through time vividly evoking the excitement and adventures of explorers and scientists who braved the elements, wars, and disease to follow the transits of the past. Some succumbed to an early grave. Others were victorious in capturing those precious, fleeting moments when Venus cast its shadow on the Sun. From the courageous voyage of Captain James Cook through later breath-taking adventures to the upcoming 2004 and 2012 transits, this uniquely invaluable tome will provide a history and a guide for the future on the unparalleled beauty and meaning of expe
Category: Science

Transits Of Venus

Author : Richard Anthony Proctor
ISBN : UCAL:$B560506
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Author : Giovanni Cianci
ISBN : 3039119494
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The intersection between space and narrative has often aroused critical interest, especially in the cross-fertilization of language and imagination. In Modernist avant-garde culture this activity was particularly intense and turbulent. Not only did science and technology undergo sudden and rapid developments in the early twentieth century, but the powerful geopolitical movements of the time effectively redrew the maps of the Western world. The essays in this collection address the ways in which three generations of British and American artists responded to these ontological changes, as they were both literally and metaphorically 'thrown' on the roads. Drawing upon a new geographical awareness in the work of critics such as Michel de Certeau, Henri Lefebvre, Arjun Appadurai, Edward Soja and Doreen Massey, this book invites the reader to explore the disrupted territories of Modernism. It offers readings of places as diverse as William Faulkner's Mississippi, Virginia Woolf's Thames, Ford Madox Ford's Romney Marsh, W.H. Auden's islands, Christopher Isherwood's alternative Berlin and Ruben Martinez's "transfrontera." The writers in the volume explore a geography of edges, borders and trails and investigate the aesthetic modes fashioned by nomadic practices."
Category: Literary Criticism

Human Transit

Author : Jarrett Walker
ISBN : 9781610911740
Genre : Transportation
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Public transit is a powerful tool for addressing a huge range of urban problems, including traffic congestion and economic development as well as climate change. But while many people support transit in the abstract, it's often hard to channel that support into good transit investments. Part of the problem is that transit debates attract many kinds of experts, who often talk past each other. Ordinary people listen to a little of this and decide that transit is impossible to figure out. Jarrett Walker believes that transit can be simple, if we focus first on the underlying geometry that all transit technologies share. In Human Transit, Walker supplies the basic tools, the critical questions, and the means to make smarter decisions about designing and implementing transit services. Human Transit explains the fundamental geometry of transit that shapes successful systems; the process for fitting technology to a particular community; and the local choices that lead to transit-friendly development. Whether you are in the field or simply a concerned citizen, here is an accessible guide to achieving successful public transit that will enrich any community.
Category: Transportation

Transits And Solar Returns

Author : Ciro Discepolo
ISBN : 0866906452
Genre : History
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Transits and Solar Returns is a uniquely useful tool for interpreting transits to the birth chart and the annual solar return. Included are extensive sections that delineate the transits in the houses and in aspect to all of the other planets, both harmonious of dissonant, as well as delineation of all of the planets in all of the solar return houses. The book begins with the author's Thirty Rules for interpreting transits and solar returns. These rules, which go beyond many of those found in other books, are based on the author's extensive experience and research. These rules of interpreting function as a practical how-to for reading transits and solar returns using a step-by-step method that's easy to follow and implement. There are numerous examples to illustrate the author's interpretation method Useful and extensive appendices offer guidelines for solar return interpretation and relocation on the birthday in order to maximize positive planetary placements and minimize the negative.
Category: History

Astrological Transits

Author : April Elliott Kent
ISBN : 9781627882798
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Your birth chart is a snapshot of the sky taken at the moment and place of your birth, one that reflects your character, personality, strengths, and challenges. But the moment after that picture was taken, the planets moved on--some quickly, some very slowly. Astrologers call the moving planets "transits," and by comparing their movements to your birth chart you can gain a complete view of how best to prepare for challenges, meet opportunities, and stay grounded in a constantly-changing world. In Astrological Transits, astrologer April Elliott Kent will guide you through the best ways to make the most of your birth chart. Learn how to make the most of good transits and harness and transform the energy of "bad" ones. You'll also understand planetary cycles and anticipate your own transits. Finally, you'll know how to read planetary return charts, work with planetary retrogrades, and use eclipses to recognize major patterns and turning points in your life. If you are comfortable reading a birth chart, you are ready to move your chart into the future using transits. Instructions, tables, and worksheets will make tracking your transit cycles simple and exciting!
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Planets In Transit

Author : Robert Hand
ISBN : 0924608269
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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This book covers complete delineations of all the major transits - conjunction, sextile, square, trine and opposition - that occur between transiting Sun, Moon and all planets to each planet in the natal chart and the Ascendant and Midheaven, as well as complete delineations of each planet transiting each house of the natal chart. These 720 lucid delineations are full of insight for both the professional astrologer and the beginner.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit


Author : Betty Lundsted
ISBN : 0877285039
Genre : Astrology
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Author : Clara Darr
ISBN : 9780866904223
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
File Size : 65.84 MB
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Transits are defined as the daily motion of the planets as they travel through the zodiac in their path through the heavens. As they pass through the signs, they transit each house in a natal chart and aspect each planetary position. It is these transits that activate the chart, creating opportunities for the individual as well as potentially difficult situations. Through this advance knowledge, the individual can plan and then act or react in the most beneficial manner. This volume contains delineation for each planet as it transits each house and aspects each planet in the horoscope. In addition to major aspects (conjunction, sextile, trine, square and opposition) to the planets, the author delineates aspects involving the North and South Nodes, and the Part of Fortune. Also included is the parallel of declination, an aspect of importance that is found in few astrology books. A quick reference gives keywords for each house and planet.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Saturn In Transit

Author : Erin Sullivan
ISBN : 8120818296
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ABOUT THE BOOK:Saturn, god of the saturnine disposition, is popularly associated with doom and gloom. But Saturn in Transit reveals the planet's useful and developmental influence in our lives. Saturn assists the modern hero and heroine, during its