Method of observing the Sun at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich by Francis Place

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Title:
Method of observing the Sun at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich
Artist:
Francis Place
Product code:
RS-10251
Edition type:
Open edition
Copyright:
© The Royal Society

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Interior view of a darkened chamber at the old Royal Observatory building, with a refracting telescope projecting an image of the Sun. The observatory was completed in 1676: in that year there were both solar eclipses and a transit of Mercury. Plate 3 (left half detail) from Ichnographia speculae Regiae Grenovici exquisite facta (London, 1676) a series of engravings commissioned by Sir Jonas Moore, the leading force in the construction and equipping of the original Royal Greenwich Observatory. The plate bears the inscription: "Domus Obscurata ad Maculas, Eclipsesque Solares Excipiendas, peropportuna ". Sir Jonas Moore (1617-1679) mathematician and patron of astronomy was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1674.

Original: etching. 1676

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