Ingress of Venus during the 1769 solar transit William Hirst

Ingress of Venus during the 1769 solar transit by William Hirst

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Ingress of Venus during the 1769 solar transit

Sketches of the Transit of Venus at the beginning of the 1769 event. Ten figures [only nine of which were used in the eventual published plate], from the earliest showing of the planet to the appearance of the "black drop" effect. Hirst observed using a 2-foot long reflecting telescope to x55 magnification. Eight individual pieces of paper pasted onto a single backing sheet. With pencilled instructions to the engraver. The illustration appeared as plate 10 and 11 of the published paper "Account of several phaenomena observed during the Ingress of Venus into the solar disc" by William Hirst, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, vol.59 (1769) pp.228-235.

Original: ink on paper. 1769

  • Image reference: RS-9604

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