Jeremiah Horrocks

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Horrocks, Jeremiah


(also Horrox). Born circa 1617; died 1641. English astronomer.

Horrocks introduced improvements in the theory of lunar motion. Even before I. Newton’s discovery of the law of universal gravitation, he had conjectured that the disparities in the lunar motion were the result of the perturbing influence of the sun, and he noted several irregularities in the motions of the Saturn and Jupiter. Horrocks calculated in advance the transit of Venus across the sun’s disk (1639) and was the first to observe the phenomenon.

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The winning submissions include Gemma Seddon's Space Duck design based on Toxteth born Jeremiah Horrocks as one of the founding fathers of British Astronomy.
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The first recorded Venus transit was observed by two English amateurs: Jeremiah Horrocks and William Crabtree in 1639.
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I would dispute that Jeremiah Horrocks calculated the length of the astronomical unit as 180 million km (my reading of his calculations suggests half that value) but certainly his estimate was much greater than received wisdom at the time.