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Topic section: The big eye of Parsonstown
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The big eye of Parsonstown
Wealthy Irish aristocrat and politician William Parsons (who became the Earl of Rosse in 1841) is best reme
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This 6-foot metal mirror came from the ‘Leviathan of Parsonstown’, the largest telescope built by the Earl of Rosse at Birr in Ireland.
Credit: Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
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He was able to use his considerable personal fortune to fund this research

ding what was for many years the world’s largest reflecting telescope. Educated as a mathematician, Parsons was elected to parliament in 1821 but resigned his seat in 1834 to pursue his all-consuming interest in probing the mysteries of the night sky. Like many of the emerging scientists of the early Victorian era, he was able to use his considerable personal fortune to fund this research.

The design of his huge telescope – erected on the family estate at Parsonstown (now Birr) in central Ireland – was typical of the period. With the aid of his 54-fo
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From the Illustrated London News for April 14 1845, this engraving shows the largest telescope built by the Earl of Rosse.
Credit: Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
ot telescope, which was completed in 1846, Rosse was able to observe many distant nebulae, making detailed observations of the Great Nebula in Orion and an extensive study of the Crab Nebula, which he also named.

Although dismantled in 1908, Rosse’s telescope was reconstructed at Birr Castle in the late 1990s.
 
 
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Topic section: The maharaja’s marble masterpiece
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Concerned about existing astronomical tables, the Maharaja Sawa Jai Singh II built a large observatory at Jaipur in India in 1724 and India has maintained the Asian tradition of watching the heavens with Astrosat, India’s first major astronomical satellite, planned for 2005–6.  > more

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Topic section: A star of astronomy
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Patrick Moore is famous as the presenter of the long-running The Sky at Night programme. With his permanently raised eyebrow and evident enthusiasm for the night sky, Moore has become the face of popular astronomy in Britain.  > more

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Topic section: The man who found a planet
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A refugee musician from Hanover, William Herschel, settled in Slough and discovered the planet Uranus in 1781. He then became the most famous astronomer of his age.  > more
 
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