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Gilbert White and the June 1769 Transit of Venus

3rd June 2019: 7pm

A Transit of Venus is the name given to the phenomenon of the planet Venus passing across the face of the Sun as seen from Earth. This illustrated talk will describe the importance of Transits to the 18th Century Scientists, the extensive preparations made to observe it and Gilbert White’s own observations of this Transit made 250 years ago to the day.

Graham Bryant is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and President of the Hampshire Astronomical Group. Graham was given an Honorary Fellowship of the University of Portsmouth in recognition of the decades of collaboration between the University’s Mathematics and Physics departments and the Clanfield Observatory.

Graham teaches astronomy courses for the general public at the Clanfield observatory as well as the Gilbert White Field Studies Centre and on a regular basis, supports a number of outreach events around the region. Graham has for many years lectured around the UK to various interest groups and to other astronomical societies.

Graham is a Trustee of the South Downs Planetarium, an educational Charity based in Chichester, as well as a part time planetarium show presenter. He has presented papers at national and international conferences. Graham is also a tour guide for Aurora tour companies operating in Iceland and more recently arctic Norway.



Gilbert White’s Field Studies Centre

Gilbert White’s Field Studies Centre is the Education Department of Gilbert White’s House and The Oates Collection. Our mission is to inspire journeys of discovery in the natural world for all ages and abilities and throughout the seasons.

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