Hōkūloa: The British 1874 Transit of Venus Expedition to Hawaiʻi
Spanning several centuries and connecting two distant (and very different) island nations, Hōkūloa confronts political and military maneuvering, death, and disappointment; descents into madness; and rises to heroism—all in pursuit of what was considered the most important astronomical observation of the nineteenth century—a transit of Venus that would yield the calculation of the elusive astronomical unit (AU). Exactly how far was the sun from the Earth? And could an eclipse-like “transit” of the sun by Venus reveal the answer that could yield humankind’s first accurate dimensions of the universe? Superbly crafted and authoritative in every detail, Hōkūloa is thoroughly documented and includes more than seventy illustrations and archival photographs. An amazing story that delivers all the timeless excitement of a true adventure, Hōkūloa is a fascinating examination of Hawaiʻi and Britain’s bond in astronomical research history.
Written by Michael Chauvin
Date of Publication: 2004
Size: 6 x 9 in.