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In Memory of Jeremiah Horrocks 1619-1641

This mosaic is positioned on Horrocks Avenue, Garston. Liverpool. Jeremiah Horrocks was born in Toxteth, Liverpool 1619. He correctly predicted and observed the transit of Venus in 1639. Sir Isaac Newton acknowledged Horrocks' work in his Principia. Horrocks died aged 22 in 1641.

If you missed the last transit in 2004, you can catch it in its entirety next year 2012 on June 5th in Hawaii, Alaska, Australia, the Pacific and eastern Asia, with the beginning of the transit visible from North America. It will be partially visble in the UK. This will be your last chance until 2117.

 

The Title of the Artwork is "His mortal eyes to scan the furthest heavens." A line taken from one of Horrocks' own poems.

 

The Artwork was comissioned by Liverpool Land Development Company and created by Safe Productions Ltd in collaboration with children from St. Benedict's Community College, Holy Trinity Primary School, Garston Church of England School, Gilmour Primary School. Artists: Alex Corina, Brian Dawe, Andrea Devereux, Jemma Egan, Kevin Hunt.

 

www.transitofvenus.org/

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Taken on March 6, 2011