A video tour of the Royal Observatory Greenwich's Octagon Room

Posted by David Eicher
on Monday, September 09, 2013

On Astronomy’s August tour of London, some 25 readers and I had the great pleasure of seeing many important astronomical sites in England. One of those majestic places was the Royal Observatory Greenwich, and I shot some videos during parts of the trip.

This first short film shows you the famous Octagon Room and its contents in the oldest and most famous building of the Royal Observatory, Flamsteed House. Here John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal, conducted his astronomical research. Many illustrious names also did work here, including Edmond Halley. The building was designed by Christopher Wren in 1675. The room holds a portrait of Charles II, who established the observatory.

Enjoy the video, and I will post more of these soon.

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