The Italian astronomers' bungalow at Muddapur, India, 1874
The Italian expedition to India in 1874 set up camp with a number of tents for the observing instruments. The astronomers themselves lived in this "bungalow". Image from Pietro Tacchini, Il passagi...
Camp Brooklyn, Santa Cruz, Patagonia, December 16, 1882, Hand-Tinted Photograph
De Veneris ac Solis congressu. Observatio habita in astronomica specula Bononiensis Scientiarum Instituti die 5 Junii 1761.
The Bologna observations were published on the proceedings of the Science Academy (Commentarii dell?Accademia delle Scienze di Bologna) in 1767 and were reported by Nathaniel Bliss on the Philosophica...
Eustachio Zanotti (1709 - 1782)
The 1761 Venus transit was observed in Bologna by Eustachio Zanotti, director of the Observatory, founded in 1726 in the buiding of newborn Academy of Sciences. The Observatory tower today hosts the M...
Lecture demonstration of the 1769 transit by Benjamin Martin
Benjamin Martin devised a large demonstration of the appearance of the 1769 transit. The device was 7 by 5? feet in size and mounted on a wall in his shop where he gave lectures. It showed the appeara...
Logbooks of the Bologna astronomical Observatory for the year 1761.
The Zanotti’s observations are dated June 5th and not 6th: in fact, astronomical day started at the local noon. Morever, during all the 18th century and until 1866 (shortly after the birth of th...
Muddapur, India: the Italian expedition for the 1874 Venus transit
The Italian astronomers' camp in Muddapur (Bengala).
(P. Tacchini: "Il passaggio di Venere sul Sole", Palermo, 1875)
US Navy Photographer William Bell's Obituaries from 1910, Listing His Role in Transit Expedition
View of Matavai Bay, Tahiti from One Tree Hill
This engraving of Matavai Bay in Tahiti shows the bark Endeavour anchored in the bay close to Fort Venus, the site from which Captain Cook observed the transit of Venus in 1769.