Temporary suspension of EU shipping, view details here.

Night work at Greenwich Observatory, London, 1880.

Night work at Greenwich Observatory, London, 1880.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm


Plate taken from Illustrated London News (Vol 80/2 p 565). The observatory had enjoyed increasing prominence following its reorganisation by Sir George Bidell Airy (1801-1892), Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) becaming the official time in Britain 1880. Advances in telescopes over the century allowed large instruments to be used with considerable accuracy. William Lasell (1799–1880), designed and built the first equatorially-mounted big reflecting telescopes, and Grubb telescopes used large-diameter bearings for good stability and an equatorial driving clock, powered by a falling weight and controlled by a centrifugal governor.

Image Details

Image Ref.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

buy a print

Select size
Select finish
How many prints?

buy a framed print

buy a canvas

buy a framed canvas