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Post by Paulie pchris00 on May 7, 2012 9:55:54 GMT -6
I was in a bookstore a few weeks ago, and as always, had to check out the astronomy and science section. (After I finally found it; they are always rearranging the store!) I was specifically looking for any books about the Venus transit, and one in particular. The only one I found in stock was "Transit of Venus: 1631 to the Present," by Australian astronomer Nick Lomb. Do you even need to wonder if I bought it immediately?
I also bought a few other books that day, and in the weeks since. That hasn't left much time for Lomb's book, but I've perused it when I get the chance. This is more of a coffee table book than an in depth read. If you've done any reading on the history of Venous transits, you'll likely be familiar with much of the material. It's well illustrated, though, and quite enjoyable to look through. Unlike the books published in the run-up to the 2004 transit, this book, published in 2011, contains modern day observations from 2004's great transit. I give it a thumbs up, and found it worth plunking down some bucks for. I will have it with me at every public session I do from now until at least June 5.