An acclaimed new book racing with explorers and scientists to the ends of the earth in 1769 as they chase the planet Venus and unlock great secrets behind the sky. THE DAY THE WORLD DISCOVERED THE SUN tells a "truly excellent" (New Scientist) "scientific adventure tale" (Kirkus) that "vividly recreates the torturous explorations and enthralling discovery of three peripatetic and insatiably curious explorers.” (Publishers Weekly)



A rising popular science star in the mold of Carl Sagan, Brian Cox, and Neil deGrasse Tyson — someone I suspect you’ll be seeing much more of in the years to come — is a young Oxford physicist named Andrew Steele.

His excellent 3-and-a-half minute video on the Venus transit — and how it works and why it’s as rare as it is — is quite brilliant.