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Out of Diaries: 6 April 1761

Nevil Maskelyne had left Britain in late January 1761 to sail to St Helena. The ocean crossing combined the things he loved: good wine, astronomical observations and plenty of time to fill his notebook with long lists of measurements, longitudinal … Continue reading

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Out of Diaries: 17 January 1761

Today, 251 years ago, on 17 January 1761, Nevil Maskelyne and his assistant sailed to St Helena to view the transit there – one of the few observation locations in the Southern hemisphere and therefore an important counterpart to those … Continue reading

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