On 8 June 2004, the planet Venus moved across the face of the sun. This historic event - visible from nearly every country on Earth - was the first time in over 120 years it had occurred. On 6 June 2012, Venus will again traverse the sun, providing an extraordinary and moving spectacle to the people of Earth. The Transit of Venus brings together a collection of engaging essays from some of the world's most respected scientists and historians that tell of the life-changing impact these types of cosmic events have had on the exploration and colonization of our own planet.
Mary Varnham is a writer and editor, and the publishing director of Awa Press. A former columnist for Wellington's Evening Post, she founded Awa Press in 2003 to publish high-quality contemporary non-fiction. Her previous books include Heading Nowhere in a Navy Blue Suit and Beyond Blue Hills. She presently divides her time between Wellington and Tokyo.
Shortlisted for Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Reference & Anthology Category 2008.