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300-Year-Old RGO Finally to Close

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Science  25 Sep 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5385, pp. 1934-1935
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5385.1934b

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LONDON-- The 300-year-old Royal Greenwich Observatory (RGO) in Cambridge, one of Britain's oldest scientific institutions and which provides technical and scientific support for Britain's astronomers, will close in October as part of cost-cutting measures by the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council. After reviews of Britain's home-based astronomy facilities over 15 years, RGO finally lost out last year in a contest with the Royal Observatory Edinburgh to become Britain's single Astronomy Technology Centre, serving telescopes in the Canary Islands and Hawaii. The RGO name will return to its original observatory site in Greenwich, southeast London, which is now a museum.