“…and then he missed it” – David Rittenhouse and the Transit of Venus 1769

Sometime ago I wrote of the 18th century French astronomer Guillaume Le Gentil and the misfortune that he suffered in his attempts to observe the transits of Venus in 1761 and 1769. Although nobody could possibly compete with him when it comes to bad luck in pursuit of science he was not alone in suffering adversity whilst trying to capture the goddess of love in her brief journey across the face of the sun. The American clock and instrument maker David Rittenhouse, who was born 8th April 1732, has also gone down in the annals of the history of astronomy as one of Venus’ ill-starred victims. [to find out what happened to the unfortunate Mr Rittenhouse go here]

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Aging freak who fell in love with the history of science and now resides mostly in the 16th century.
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One Response to “…and then he missed it” – David Rittenhouse and the Transit of Venus 1769

  1. Pingback: Venus Transit – A Twice In A Lifetime Moment | David Reneke | Space and Astronomy News

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