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To Kath Featherstone who admires Captain Cook.

Point of Venus beach.
This lovely black sand beach with calm waters was named so because the Captain James Cook and the scientists had a mission: to observe the transit of the planet Venus across the sun in 1769 in this place.

In April 1769 after an eight months journey James Cook, commanding the Endeavour, arrived at Tahiti to observe the transit of Venus for the Royal Society. To secure his temporary observatory he constructed a fort at a northern promontory called Point Venus. On the day of the transit the sky was clear and Cook could observe the whole transit, assisted by Joseph Banks and astronomer Charles Green. There is a monument close to the lighthouse at Point Venus to commemorate Cook’s observation, but the plaque has been stolen and never replaced.

In the WS the Monument that marks the spot on Venus Point, Tahiti where the observations of the Transit of Venus were conducted in 1769.

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P.S. portuguese version

Praia Venus Point.

Esta bela praia de areia preta com águas calmas foi chamada assim porque o Capitão James Cook e os cientistas tinham uma missão: observar o trânsito do planeta Vênus através do Sol em 1769, neste lugar.

Em abril 1769, após oito meses de viagem, James Cook, comandante do navio Endeavour, chegou ao Tahiti para observar o trânsito de Vénus para a Royal Society. Para garantir o seu observatório temporário ele construiu um forte no norte do promontório chamado Ponto de Vênus. No dia do trânsito, o céu estava claro e Cook pôde-se observar o trânsito todo, assistido por Joseph Banks e o astrônomo Charles Green. Há um monumento próximo ao farol de Point Venus, para comemorar a observação de Cook, mas a placa foi roubada e nunca recolocada.

Na imagem em WS vê-se o monumento que marca o ponto em que foram realizadas as observações na praia Vênus Point, Tahiti, em 1769.

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