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Transit of Venus Lecture Series supported by HP: SOLD OUT

Transit of Venus Lecture Series supported by HP: SOLD OUT

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  • Thu 7 Jun ’12, 7:00pm – 8:30pm


Te Papa, 55 Cable St, Wellington


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

Science historian and astronomer Dr William Tobin gives the first lecture in the Transit of Venus lecture series. In association with the Royal Society of New Zealand and with support from HP.

The Transits of Venus
What is a transit of Venus? Why does it take place so infrequently? And what motivated the great European powers to send expeditions – including Cook’s 1769 voyage to the South Seas – to observe it?

In this lecture, Dr Tobin discusses this rare celestial phenomenon and explains its importance to New Zealand’s history.

Dr William Tobin
Dr William Tobin lectured in physics and astronomy at the University of Canterbury for nearly two decades, and was also Director of the Mount John University Observatory for several years. Dr Tobin has written a scientific and personal biography of Léon Foucault, the 19th-century French physicist who demonstrated the Earth's rotation by means of a giant pendulum. He now lives in Brittany, France.

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