Join us for a free online talk on the historical connections between astronomical observatories and the maritime world
Astronomical observatories are often to be found far from the sea yet their work has long been connected to the maritime world.
The Royal Observatory at Greenwich, for example, was established as part of the quest for developing a method to determine longitude at sea accurately.
Observatories also provided corrections for nautical tables and trained naval officers to observe with instruments. Over the past decade, historians have also demonstrated that observatories were never only devoted to astronomy. Meteorological, magnetic and seismological research also formed part of their work.
Furthermore, all of these areas of research, and others, were motivated by empire-building and competing national interests.
Join Dr Daniel Belteki (Royal Museums Greenwich), Dr Steven J. Dick (former Chief Historian and Director of History Office, NASA) and Dr Fiona Williamson (Singapore Management University) for our free online seminar addressing these fascinating questions.
Using the Hong Kong Observatory and the United States Naval Observatory as examples, our panel of experts will explore the history of observatory sciences at two distinct locations before entering into a wider discussion.
This event is free and open to everyone, and will take place via Zoom. There is no need to book; please click on the button below shortly before 1.00pm on the day.
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