The Royal Observatory Greenwich (ROG) is to start studying the sky again after a break of 60 years, reports BBC.
British astronomy’s historic home has installed new telescopes in its Grade II listed Altazimuth Pavilion, which has also undergone a restoration.The new facility is to be named after Annie Maunder, one of the first female scientists to work at the ROG and who made key discoveries about the Sun.
Professionals, amateurs and school children will use the instruments.
The new telescope is named after a forgotten giant of UK astronomy, Annie Maunder, who had to battle the prejudice and conventions of her time (the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th Century). The move should help highlight her contributions for a new generation.
In addition, our cleaner air and better tech is making astronomy possible again in our cities.
As urban centres have expanded, the artificial glow of buildings and street-lights - along with smog - has drowned out the faint objects in the night sky that astronomers want to study.