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22 December 2010 @ 08:53 am
*sulk*  

There is a great big perfect full moon hanging blithely above the graveyard this morning, in a location where I could have sat and watched the entire totality of the eclipse in utter comfort at my dining room table if it had NOT BEEN BLOODY CLOUDY ON THE HORIZONS YESTERDAY MORNING. *sulks*

(x-posted from the essential kit)
 
 
 
Myles Corcoranmylescorcoran on December 22nd, 2010 07:42 am (UTC)
I never said we were bright.

To be fair, professional optical and near-IR astronomy isn't generally done in the UK either. An expensive observatory at the top of a nice dry mountain far away is the way to go.
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on December 22nd, 2010 08:03 am (UTC)
I think the Leviathan may not have been in the objectively best place, but it's understandable that Mr Parsons wanted it in his garden rather than, say, a few days sea voyage away in the Canary Isles. Given the circumstances, it's a perfectly sensible solution.

Impressive beast, mind.

This side of the little pond, bellinghwoman works in a relatively modern building named Greenwich House, on the outskirts of Cambridge. Yes, it's the former offices of the Greenwich Observatory, occupied by them for only a few years during their peregrinations. Greenwich to Herstmonceux to Cambridge to Edinburgh in little more than half a century. It's just as well they didn't have bulky, fragile instruments to worry about. Oh, wait ...

(They do have a nice historic telescope in Cambridge. The better part of two centuries old, but still good enough to be able to project the image of the sun during the recent transit of Venus.)