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dc.contributor.authorAspaas, Per Pippin
dc.description.abstractThis article examines how two Jesuit astronomers made use of a rare celestial phenomenon in attempts at winning the favor of intellectual and ruling élites outside of Catholic regions. The Heidelberg professor Christian Mayer (1719–83) went to Saint Petersburg, where he observed the transit of Venus in 1769 from the observatory of the prestigious Imperial Academy of Sciences. The imperial and royal astronomer of Vienna, Maximilian Hell (1720–92) went to Vardø in northeastern Norway, where he built a small observatory and successfully observed the same transit. The scientific works they published under the auspices of the leading scientific academies in Orthodox Russia and Lutheran Denmark–Norway are analyzed as examples of missionary texts, in an enlarged sense of the word.en_US
dc.identifier.citationAspaas. The 1769 Transit of Venus as a Springboard for Jesuit Ministries among the Learned. Journal of Jesuit Studies. 2023en_US
dc.identifier.cristinIDFRIDAID 2140664
dc.relation.journalJournal of Jesuit Studies
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2023 The Author(s)en_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)en_US
dc.titleThe 1769 Transit of Venus as a Springboard for Jesuit Ministries among the Learneden_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.typePeer revieweden_US

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