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The Royal Observatory.

The Royal Observatory.
The Royal Observatory.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: D3153
Description: The Royal Observatory, Greenwich, during a full moon. Twice in its history, observations with the 28-inch (71.1 cm) refracting telescope have been disturbed. The first time was during the First World War. Then in 1939 the valuable object glass was sent to a place of safety during the Second World War. This was just as well, since the Observatory was damaged by bombing and in 1944 the covering of the dome itself was stripped off by a V1 flying bomb. In 1947, the telescope was dismantled and sent to Herstmonceux, leading the departure of the astronomers there from Greenwich. It was fully operational there from 1957 to 1970 but was then 'retired' and sent back to Greenwich to mark the Observatory's 300th anniversary in 1975.
Creator: National Maritime Museum
Date: Unknown
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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