The 1874 Transit of Venus and the Popularisation of Astronomy in the USA as Reflected in the New York Times

@inproceedings{Cottam2011The1T,
  title={The 1874 Transit of Venus and the Popularisation of Astronomy in the USA as Reflected in the New York Times},
  author={Stella E. Cottam and W. Orchiston and F. Stephenson},
  year={2011}
}
Given uncertainty surrounding the true value of the astronomical unit following the 1761 and 1769 transits of Venus the next transit, in 1874, offered hope for a substantial refinement in the value of this fundamental yardstick of Solar System astronomy. Part of the reason for this successful anticipated outcome was that both photography and spectroscopy would be applied to a transit of Venus for the first time. Consequently expectations were high, and this unusual event enjoyed a high public… Expand
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