Matted Photograph | 8x10 - C.1905 The Heydon Observatory, Georgetown University, Washington, D.c
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Matted & ready to pop into a standard frame: This interesting 8 in. x 10 in. photo. This is a contemporary reprint made directly from a high resolution digital scan of the vintage photograph. The piece is crisply printed on matte finish photo paper & placed in a white acid-free matte, ready to be popped into a standard 11 in. x 14 in.; frame, which can be bought anywhere locally. From the web: The Georgetown University Astronomical Observatory (also the Heyden Observatory & Francis J. Heyden Observatory) was founded in 1841 by Father James Curley of the Department of Physics at Georgetown College. Father Curley chose a site on the college grounds, planned the building, & supervised its construction to its completion in 1844.[1] Costs were initially paid by Rev. Thomas Meredith Jenkins, S.J., & Rev. Charles H. Stonestreet, S.J., who were Georgetown professors at the time. The observatory was used in 1846 to determine the latitude & longitude of Washington, D.C., which Curley determined to be latitude 38o54′26N & longitude 5h8m18.29s (west of Greenwich).[2] in 1850, Benedict Sestini used the observatory to make a series of sunspot drawings, which were engraved & published (44 plates) as "Appendix A" of the Naval Observatory volume for 1847, printed in 1853. in 1888, Johann Georg Hagen was named director. He was responsible for the installation of the 12-inch equatorial telescope with which for twenty years he observed & gathered data on variable stars. This instrument is still in continuous use. in 1928, Paul McNally became director. Francis J. Heyden, S.J. became director in 1945, & continued research into solar eclipses. in 1972, Georgetown University closed its Department of Astronomy, & the observatory was used by the Georgetown University Astronomical Society. Light pollution from surrounding Washington, D.C., has limited viewing celestial bodies from the location. On July 2, 1973, the observatory was designated as a U.S. national landmark National Register of Historic Places. No rights are granted or implied other than for personal collectible use. Makes a terrific gift for the observatory, telescope, astronomy, Georgetown College collector or other historic addition to your collection! pub places dir Matted Photograph | 8x10 - C.1905 The Heydon Observatory, Georgetown University, Washington, D.c