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On this day (Julian calendar) in 1639, Jeremiah Horrocks observed the transit of Venus.


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Astronomers across the world have come to the aid of a tiny Lancashire church attacked by vandals.

St Michael's church in Much Hoole, near Preston, launched an appeal to raise 110,000 to protect its ornate stained glass windows after vandals used missiles made from out-of-circulation coins and stones to smash them.
The 1628 church is an important heritage site for the astronomy fraternity because the renowned astronomer Jeremiah Horrocks acted as a curate there while tutoring the children of a family in the village in 1639.

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SCHOOL children are to show their creative side to spruce up their neighbourhood.
Primary school pupils in Garston are designing mosaics which will be installed in Horrocks Avenue as part of a 2.2m revamp being carried out by Liverpool Land Development Company.
A time capsule and a plaque in honour of the astronomer Jeremiah Horrocks, who was born in Toxteth Park, will also be included in the art work which will be completed by April.
The 17th century star gazer predicted the Transit of Venus, a scientific breakthrough which helped change the way the solar system and universe were viewed.

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On this day in 1639, Jeremiah Horrocks made the first observation of a transit of Venus. (November 24 under the Julian calendar.)


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