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Lewes recognized for its important role in space research

Nov 23, 2015

LEWES, Del. (AP) — The town of Lewes has been recognized for the important role it played in helping scientists determine the size of the solar system.

WXDE-FM reports (http://bit.ly/1N48L10) that a historical marker was dedicated Friday to commemorate the international effort. It was placed with support from state Sen. Ernie Lopez, the Lewes Historical Society, Delaware Public Archives and other individuals.

Rehoboth Beach historian Jim Morrison is bringing recognition to the work of Owen Biddle and Joel Bailey for The American Philosophical Society in 1769. Morrison says the survey in Lewes was pivotal in the observation of the transit of Venus.

The transit of Venus is when the planet passes between the sun and earth, giving the appearance of a black dot on the sun. Astrologists say the next transit will occur in December 2117.

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