Nebra sky disk, Bronze Age
Nebra sky disk. Artwork of a Bronze Age artefact known as the Nebra sky disk. Made of bronze and inlaid with gold, this object is around 30 centimetres across. It was found in Germany and is thought to date to around 1600 BC. The gold symbols are thought to represent the Sun (left), a Crescent Moon (right), and the stars (dots). The two arcs at left and right represent the angles between the rising of the Sun at the solstices, and the arc at bottom may represent the barge of the Sun, or the Milky Way. The disc is now kept in the Saxony-Anhalt State Museum for Prehistory, Germany.
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The Old Royal Naval College and Canary Wharf N060982
GREENWICH PARK, London. A sunset view from Greenwich Park looking towards the Queen's House, National Maritime Museum and The Old Royal Naval College. In the distance, beyond the River Thames, an illuminated Docklands business district can be seen with the towers of Canary Wharf.
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Andrew Ainslie Common, British Astronomer
Andrew Ainslie Common (1841-1903) British astronomer. Common used photographic techniques to make observations, and his photograph of the Orion Nebula, taken in 1883, won him the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society. He served as the president of the society in 1895-6. He conducted his work at his private observatory in London, also building several high-quality telescopes, including a 60 inch (1.52 metres) reflector.
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