The Transit of Venus: How a Rare Astronomical Alignment Changed the World

Author(s): Peter Adds

NZ Non Fiction

On June 8, 2004, the planet Venus moved across the face of the sun. This historic event was rare: the last Transit of Venus occurred 121 years earlier. On June 6, 2012, Venus will again transit the sun. In this book, scientists and historians write of the extraordinary impact these cosmic events have had on the exploration and colonisation of our own planet.


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Shortlisted for Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Reference & Anthology Category 2008.

Mary Varnham is a writer and editor, and the publishing director of Awa Press. A former columnist for Wellington's Evening Post, she founded Awa Press in 2003 to publish high-quality contemporary non-fiction. Her previous books include Heading Nowhere in a Navy Blue Suit and Beyond Blue Hills. She presently divides her time between Wellington and Tokyo.

General Fields

  • : 9780958262972
  • : Awa Press
  • : Awa Press
  • : 200mm X 129mm X 9mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Peter Adds
  • : Paperback
  • : 523.92
  • : 123
  • : 30 black & white illustrations