TRANSIT OF VENUS BOOK, EBOOK, T-SHIRTS
Sydney Observatory mementos of this historic astronomical event include the book ‘Transit of Venus: 1631 to the present’, available from Sydney Observatory or online; an ebook version of the book, only available on the iBookstore; and souvenir T-shirts, available from Sydney Observatory. Prices: child short sleeve – $22; child long sleeve – $26; adult short sleeve – $28; adult long sleeve – $32.
Demand on our souvenir transit of Venus long-sleeved and short-sleeved T-shirts has been so strong that we are no longer selling them online or through telephone orders. T-shirts which have been ordered must be collected from Sydney Observatory, and limited numbers are on sale to Sydney Observatory visitors.
The Observatory’s former long–serving Curator of Astronomy, Dr Nick Lomb, has prepared a book (available for purchase online or at Sydney Observatory, Powerhouse Museum and good bookshops) that is the essential companion to the 2012 transit. It provides detailed information on when, where and how to observe this exciting event. More importantly, it explains its significance and relates the stories of the exciting and adventurous journeys undertaken by astronomers to observe transits in past centuries. One of these was that of Captain James Cook to observe the transit of 1769 from Tahiti, a journey that led to the European settlement of Australia.
‘TRANSIT OF VENUS’ EBOOK NOW AVAILABLE
Dr Nick Lomb’s beautiful book is now available on the iBookstore for $14.99. The ebook version has searchable text, links to additional content, animated visuals, and a video. It can only be viewed using iBooks 1.2 or later on an iPad, iPhone (3G or later) or iPod touch (2nd generation or later) with iOS 4.2 or later.
We’re very sorry – but due to overwhelming demand, our Sydney Observatory souvenir solar glasses are SOLD OUT. (WARNING: it is very dangerous to look at the Sun without a safe solar filter.)