This particular Sunday was nice because we had a morning to sleep in. Our day started like any other day, except for the fact that we had a quiz! (*GASP* SOMETHING ACADEMIC?! WHAT?! NO!) However, we were all able to make it through our quiz on Longitude by Dava Sobel (SIDE NOTE: I recommend this book to everyone! [WARNING: slight obsession with clocks and astronomy are possible side effects.]) After that we hopped on a bus to Greenwich. When we got there we enjoyed the scenery and happily hiked up the miniature mountain to finally set our eyes on the observatory itself.
|The front of the Royal Observatory Greenwich|
FUN FACTS (aka remember these for your next run on Jeopardy):
- The first Astronomer Royal was John Flamsteed.
- The current is Martin Rees.
- The Royal Observatory was designed by Christopher Wren who also designed St. Paul's Cathedral.
- While at his post as Astronomer Royal John Flamsteed (see #1) had some of his astronomical data stolen by Isaac Newton (and published without his consent!)
- Pacific Standard Time (PST) is 8 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT.)
|Time ball at the observatory which originally communicated the correct time to sailors on the Thames, and still drops every day at 1pm|
|Sculpture with the Prime Meridian running through it at 0º longitude|
|John Harrison's first model titled H-1, weighing in at 75 pounds!|
|H-2 inscribed "Made for His Majesty George The IInd, By order of a Committee Held on 30th of June 1737."|
|H-3: which Harrison spent almost 2 decades working on.|
|The back of the prized H-4 inscribed "John Harrison & Son AD 1759."|
|View from the top of the hill at the Royal Observatory.|