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THE 1761 DISCOVERY OF VENUS' ATMOSPHERE: LOMONOSOV AND OTHERS

@article{Shiltsev2014THE1D,
  title={THE 1761 DISCOVERY OF VENUS' ATMOSPHERE: LOMONOSOV AND OTHERS},
  author={Vladimir Shiltsev},
  journal={Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage},
  year={2014},
  volume={17},
  pages={85-112}
}
  • V. Shiltsev
  • Published 1 March 2014
  • Physics
  • Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage
Russian polymath Mikhail Vasil'evich Lomonosov claimed to have discovered the atmosphere of Venus during the planet's transit over the Sun's disc in 1761. Although several other astronomers observed similar effects during the 1761 and 1769 transits, Lomonosov's claim for priority is the strongest as he was the first to publish a comprehensive scientific report, and the first to offer a detailed explanation of the aureole around Venus at ingress and egress, which was caused by refraction of the… 

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