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April 2018

History of Astronomy Group Meeting: ‘William and Caroline Herschel: Partners in Exploration’

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Royal Observatory Greenwich, Blackheath Avenue
Greenwich, Greater London SE10 8XJ
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William & Caroline Herschel

Flamsteed History of Astronomy Group Meeting. The following talk will be delivered by Mona Evans.  In 1781, a German-born musician observing with a home-made telescope from his back garden in Bath, England, discovered a new planet, the first to be found since ancient times. We now call it Uranus. This unexpected discovery, which doubled the size of the known Solar System, propelled William Herschel to international celebrity.  But that was only the start. Sponsored by the king of England, he and his sister Caroline…

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May 2018

History of Astronomy Group Meeting: ‘The Megalithic Armilliary Sphere Mirrored Between Earth and Sky’

May 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Royal Observatory Greenwich, Blackheath Avenue
Greenwich, Greater London SE10 8XJ
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Alan Evans has been studying Archeoastronomy from the Seventies when, as an officer in the Intelligence Corps, he saw Stonehenge and the surrounding area through a Stereo Air Photograph, for the first time. Archaeologists at that time believed Stonehenge was begun around 1,850 BC (R S Newall FSA 1976). Today the newest English Heritage brochure on the Stonehenge Site states that 4 massive Mesolithic Post Holes for sighting purposes were erected just to the NNE of the site as early…

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