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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

24th February 1993 West Ham legend Bobby Moore passed away in Putney, London.go to related location

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24th February 1981 Prince Charles and Princess Diana get engaged.

24th February 1948 Minder and New Tricks actor Dennis Waterman was born in Clapham, London.

24th February 1939 Born today: George Bain, principal (London Business School)

24th February 1906 Kingsway Tramway opened from Angel, Islington to Aldwych.

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Huggins' Observatory



Huggins' Observatory

This is where Huggins made groundbreaking discoveries of nebulae

Location: 90 Upper Tulse Hill

Description: Astronomer William Huggins (1824-1910) lived here with his wife Margaret and built a private observatory here in 1856 where they carried out extensive observations of the spectral emission lines and absorption lines of various celestial objects.

On the 29th August 1864, Huggins was the first to take the spectrum of a planetary nebula when he analysed NGC 6543.

He was also the first to distinguish between nebulae and galaxies by showing that some (like the Orion Nebula) had pure emission spectra characteristic of gas, while others like the Andromeda Galaxy had the spectral characteristics of stars.

Huggins' Observatory was demolished sometime after 1915.

He was knighted in 1897 and died here in 1910 aged 86.


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Huggins' Observatory

This is where Huggins made groundbreaking discoveries of nebulae


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