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View of the Greenwich Observatory, London, England

View of the Greenwich Observatory, London, England

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VOLKER STEGER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY VOLKER STEGER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Greenwich Observatory buildings. View of the Greenwich Observatory buildings, London, England. The observatory was founded in 1675 by Charles II who appointed an Astronomer Royal to run it. It was the Astronomer Royal's job to keep accurate tables of the positions of the Moon and stars for use in navigation by English ships. In 1811, John Pond was Astronomer Royal at Greenwich. He introduced the world's first public time signal, the dropping of the Greenwich 'time ball' (not seen here) at 1pm every day. Greenwich was the site of the Royal Observatory until the end of World War II.

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