Captain Cook and the transit of Venus of 1769

@article{Woolley1969CaptainCA,
  title={Captain Cook and the transit of Venus of 1769},
  author={R. Woolley},
  journal={Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London},
  year={1969},
  volume={24},
  pages={19 - 32}
}
  • R. Woolley
  • Published 1969
  • Geology
  • Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London
The motions of the planets among the stars even if observed with instruments capable of no greater accuracy than one minute of arc can be analysed to produce orbits whose relative sizes are known quite accurately. Kepler, for example, gave the correct shape of the planetary orbits as ellipses with the Sun in one focus. He was also able to assert that the squares of the periodic times were proportional to the cubes of the semi axes major, without being able to determine the length of any one of… Expand

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