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Give Me n u a ding - absolutely correct.

 

He had to find Tahiti (one of only a few South Sea islands whose latitude and longitude were accurately known) and observe the Transit of Venus across the face of the sun.

 

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Thank you, staying on the same subject, observing the transit of Venus enabled astronomers to calculate what?

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The distance of the earth to the sun?

 

DING to Speakers corner, once an accurate distance to the sun could be calculated then the size of the solar system could be calculated as Kepler had already calculated the relative distances of the planets from the sun in terms of earth - sun distance, known as 1 astronomical unit (AU.

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The cycle is 75-76yrs, so Ill give you a DING for that.

 

Thanks for the Ding.

 

What's the technical name for this event, when an asteroid/comet/similar reaches its closest point to the sun? And What is the name for the opposite, when it is at its furthest from the Sun?

 

The former is perihelion - so I am guessing the latter is something like apihelion? (Which my spellchecker did not like, so I will drop the "I" and say) aphelion (which it did!!)

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The former is perihelion - so I am guessing the latter is something like apihelion? (Which my spellchecker did not like, so I will drop the "I" and say) aphelion (which it did!!)

 

That's a DING dong merrily on high for you :-)

 

Let me try to stick with the theme.

 

What is the simple etymology of the name "comet"?

 

Basically looking for a three word phrase where the longest word has 4 letters (or a variation on it!)

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Christmas cracker?

Although Yorkshire Yellow got this wright as well the giggle bells go to Pharissee for getting there first

Over to you

 

Not such a wild guess after all then... :lol:

 

OK... change of subject.

"Hunter" was the boss, "Lonely" was the sidekick but who was the somewhat reluctant 'good guy'?

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