Reconstructing the "Artificial Transit"
The Museum has reconstructed Benjamin Martin's working demonstration of the transit of Venus, as seen at London in 1769. Martin's original “artificial transit” was a lecture demonstration, shown in his Fleet Street shop in the period immediately before the 1769 transit.
To find out more about Martin's original, see catalogue numbers 5 and 6.
Our example has been publicly demonstrated several times a day as part of the exhibition. Check the Flash video or MPEG files below to see it in action.
The reconstruction in action
Also available to download (MPEG format): 56k modem (10Mb) or broadband (28Mb).
Rewinding the sun
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Behind the scenes
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