Transit of Venus: rare objects mark a rare event


The next Transit of Venus will occur on June 6, 2012. Image: Shutterstock

An exhibition at Sydney University’s Tin Sheds Gallery is celebrating the anniversary of the 1769 Transit of Venus, a rare astronomical event that happens in a pattern that repeats every 243 years, which Lieutenant James Cook hoped to witness during his search for the great southern land.

Indigenous artist Daniel Boyd has selected items from the University’s Macleay collection, as well as a number of his own paintings, video works, installations and drawings to explore the impact of the Transit of Venus on Indigenous Australia, and our understanding of the connections between science, art, astronomy and geography

The exhibition will feature artefacts ranging from a ballast stone from The Endeavor, shells from Tahiti, a human skull, a telescope, a series of rare books, including an 1893 edition of Captain Cook’s journal and 1875 edition of the Observations made of the Transit of Venus.

When: 25 May to 23 June, 2012

Where: Tin Sheds Gallery, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, 154 City Road, Chippendale. See map

Cost: Free

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