A spot of stargaz­ing

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY TV -

week’s Tran­sit of Venus was a once-in-al­ife­time astrological event. It will be more than a cen­tury be­fore the next one. As­tronomers were as keen to study the event this week as Lieu­tenant James Cook’s ex­pe­di­tion was in 1769. Then, the ob­ser­va­tion from the is­land of Tahiti was to be a yard­stick for mea­sur­ing the en­tire so­lar sys­tem. Now, as­tronomers hope to dis­cover ex­o­plan­ets. Sci­ence se­ries Cat­a­lyst fea­tures re­ports on the phe­nonemon filed by Gra­ham Phillips, aboard the Aus­tralian Mar­itime Mu­seum’s replica of the En­deav­our at Lord Howe Is­land and Mark Horstman, join­ing stargaz­ers at Sydney Ob­ser­va­tory. Cat­a­lyst also re­ports on at-home ge­netic test kits; wear­able ro­bots and what’s in a cat’s purr.

Thurs­day, 8pm, ABC1.

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