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Artwork of Greenwich Observatory interior in 1676

Artwork of Greenwich Observatory interior in 1676

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Royal Greenwich Observatory. Historical artwork of astronomers working inside the Royal Greenwich Observatory, England, in about 1676. They are in the Great Room (now the Octagon Room), which was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. At left an astronomer is using Flamsteed's quadrant to check the accuracy of the clocks (beside door, labelled A, B and C). At right is a telescope resting on a rung of a ladder. The observatory was founded in 1675 by Charles II (left portrait over door) who appointed Flamsteed as the first Astronomer Royal to run it and keep accurate tables of the position of the moon for use in navigation by English ships. This is from an etching by Thacker.

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