Royal Observatory Greenwich to start working again after 60 long years

The Royal Observatory at Greenwich in London has always been dedicated to navigation and astronomy ever since it came into existence. However, the observatory reportedly did not observe anything for near about sixty years. Now, according to the recent reports, the astronomers of the Royal Observatory would start exploring the sky once again after this long pause.

This observatory that houses the Greenwich Mean Time and the World’s Prime Meridian has reportedly welcomed one new telescope, which would help the astronomers in scrutinizing the surface attributes of the Sun and Stars, and also help the explorers in studying the stars situated beyond our Milky Way Galaxy. This new telescope has been reportedly named after Annie Maunder, the very first women scientist of the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

Founded in the year 1675 by King Charles II, the Royal Observatory stopped working in the year 1957 as the smog of London grew ridiculously, thereby not permitting the astronomers at the observatory to observe the stars via their telescopes. Moreover, the deep and resonant sounds produced by the trains of the ever-increasing nearby railways made it difficult for the astronomers to take precise readings using sensitive instruments. In addition to this, the increasing population of the region contributed to light pollution, thus worsening things.

After the astronomers at the observatory stopped working, the instruments of the Royal Observatory were shifted to the Herstmonceux at Sussex in England. After that, the Royal Observatory was transformed into a museum, which educated people regarding the modern astronomy. Nevertheless, with this new telescope, the observatory would start working once again.

The new telescope is equipped with many efficient cameras. According to the reports, the images captured by these cameras would be made available to people through workshops and live-streams. The observatory has also invited volunteers having research strategies for using this telescope.

Astronomer Tom Kerss at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, said in a statement, “We can recover the night, punch through the light pollution and make meaningful observations.” Further, Kerss explained, “We live such earth-centric lives. A lot of us spend a lot of time looking on the ground, but the vast majority of what’s happening in the universe is not happening here on Earth, it’s happening in the sky.”

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