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.

Themes: ScienceScience Theme
Huggins' Observatory

This is where Huggins made groundbreaking discoveries of nebulae

Ranking This Month: 2799/2968

Pages Hit This Month: 19


Your Comments:

Name:
Email:
Your email will ONLY be used once, to confirm the publication of your comments. We value your contribution and privacy.

Anti-spam Security: Please enter this code: CAPTCHA


Other places nearby:


Karl Pearson lived here», 8.1km

Upton House», 8.8km

Hampstead Observatory», 8.2km

Edmund Halley's Tomb», 5.2km

House of Abdus Salam», 4.8km

UCL Observatory», 12.km

Colour Mauve invented here», 5.2km

Balloonist Gleisher lived here», 5.1km

Faraday's Apprenticeship», 5.1km

The atom bomb was born here», 5.1km

Location Pinpointed: