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Flamsteed's mural arc, 18th century

Flamsteed's mural arc, 18th century

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ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Flamsteed's mural arc. This diagram is from 'Historiae Coelestis Britannicae' (1725), by the English astronomer John Flamsteed (1646-1719). Flamsteed was appointed by Charles II as the first Astronomer Royal in 1675. He was charged with the construction of accurate lunar and stellar tables. The Royal Greenwich Observatory, with instruments like the one shown here, was created for the purpose, and the task was to occupy him for the rest of his life. Coelestis Britannicae', published six years after his death, had nearly 3000 star positions.

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