Royal Observatory – London

The Royal Observatory (5) in Greenwich is part of Maritime Greenwich and is most famous for being the location of the Prime Meridian (4, 7, 8). The observatory was commissioned by King Charles II in 1675 and has played a major role in the development of astronomy and navigation. The observatory itself sits on a hill (1) within Greenwich Park, and can be seen from the River Thames. At the same time the grounds give a great view of Greenwich (2), and some of London (12). On the top of the observatory is a red ball (11) that drops at 1pm every day, to be seen by sailors long the river.

Inside the observatory is a museum (9, 10) dedicated to the history of British navigation and includes exhibits on the development of compasses, sextants, clocks, and other tools used at sea. A light reflective telescope situation in a dark room gives a view of the Queen’s Residence (13). The exterior includes smaller observatories (15-18), including London’s only planetarium (17).

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~ by jonathanmtsai on April 11, 2011.

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