LAST CHANCE IN OUR LIFETIME
On 6 June 2012, appearing as a small black disc, the planet Venus will pass across the sun. The ‘transit of Venus’, as it is known, last occured in 2004 but after this year will not visible from Earth again until 2117 – making this is the last opportunity in our lifetime.
The transit of Venus’ was originally how astrologers measured the size of our solar system, but for Tahiti, this rare occurence holds special value - it was for this very reason that James Cook first travelled there in 1769, during his first voyage around the world.
Along with British astronomer Charles Green and Swedish naturalist Daniel Solander, the explorer was commissioned by the Royal Society of London for the primary purpose of viewing the transit of Venus, which he recorded on 3 June 1769. Their findings contributed not only to the expansion of scientific knowledge but specifically to the science of navigation, hindered at the time due to the difficulties of accurately caluclating longtitude.
Perhaps more significantly, after the transit the explorers continued on a top secret mission, exploring the South Pacific and eventually discovering the legendary Terra Australis Incognita (literally ‘unknown land of the South’) - today’s Australasia.
For a chance to witness an astrological wonder from a uniquely private setting, 45m luxury motor yacht Big Fish (currently in Tahiti) will include a transit of Venus viewing as part of any charter falling on this date.
Big Fish sleeps up to 10 guests in 5 cabins, from $245,000 per week. For more information on chartering Big Fish, contact the Y.CO charter team.