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Maximilianus Hell
Mezzotint: Maximilianus Hell - observing the Transit of Venus
Mezzotint: Maximilianus Hell - observing the Transit of Venus 1769, by J G Haid after W Pohl, issued 1771. From a
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Date
1771
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Mezzotint, Maximilianus Hell ... observing the Transit of Venus 1769, by J G Haid after W Pohl, issued 1771
Print of the Austrian astronomer Maximilian Hell (1720-1792) seated next to his astronomical quadrant, issued in 1771. The caption for this mezziotint, by J G Haid after W Pohl, indicates that Hell is observing the 1769 Transit of Venus from Lapland. These rare astronomical events that occurred in 1761 and 1769 allowed astronomers to accurately measure the size of the Solar System. Later after returning home, Hell was accused of fiddling his observations, a slur that was not disproved until the ninetieth century.
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co67301
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Image and original data from Science Museum Group
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