ROYAL OBSERVATORY, EDINBURGH / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ROYAL OBSERVATORY, EDINBURGH / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
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Aerial view of the Royal Observatory at Blackford Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland. The Royal Observatory began on Calton Hill in 1822 during the reign of George IV. A new Royal Observatory was built on Blackford Hill and inaugurated in 1896. It is one of the leading astronomical institutions in the world. The Royal Observatory, Edinburgh is responsible for the work of two major telescopes: the 3.8m United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) and the James Clerk Maxwell millimetre-wave Telescope (JCMT), both in Hawaii.
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