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)



The 2012 Venus transit in a stunning HD video

On June 5, 2012 the world witnessed only the seventh Venus transit since the invention of the telescope in the early 1600s. NASA’s orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory caught the whole transit in multiple wavelengths, capturing multiple jaw-dropping HD videos. Check it out. 

(Extra: The website TalkingPointsMemo has a slideshow of some nice, dramatic stills captured around the world of the Venus transit, while Kuriositas has a fine collection of stills too.) 

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