Astronomer Royal


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Astronomer Royal

n
(Astronomy) an honorary title awarded to an eminent British astronomer: until 1972, the Astronomer Royal was also director of the Royal Greenwich Observatory
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The Astronomer Royal has fixed the Greenwich time at twelve past six.
Pa was, at first, in the stirred depths of his conscience, so far from sure of being safe yet, that he made out majestic matrons lurking in ambush among the harmless trees of Greenwich Park, and seemed to see a stately countenance tied up in a well-known pocket- handkerchief glooming down at him from a window of the Observatory, where the Familiars of the Astronomer Royal nightly outwatch the winking stars.
Other big name scientists, including the Astronomer Royal, Lord Rees, are also involved in the endeavour which dwarfs previous underfunded and piece-meal attempts to eavesdrop on alien civilisations.
Backers include Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, Queen guitarist Dr Brian May, biologist Richard Dawkins and British astronaut Helen Sharman.
Qualify's 50-1 victory in the Oaks at Epsom a week ago provided Colm O'Donoghue with a first British Classic to go with his successes on Astronomer Royal in the 2007 Poule d'Essai des Poulains, Treasure Beach in the 2011 Irish Derby and Bracelet in last year's Irish Oaks.
Britain's "Beagle 2″ spacecraft, once dubbed "a heroic failure" by the nation's Astronomer Royal, was re-branded "a great success" on Friday for being found on Mars 11 years after going missing.
Cameron will be awarded the prize, consisting of a certificate and monetary award, on Saturday, December 13 in London at an event attended by Sir Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal.
One hundred leading names, including cosmonauts and astronauts, the Astronomer Royal and rock guitarist Brian May, have made a declaration demanding action.
O'Brien has trained Landseer (2002), Aussie Rules (2006) and Astronomer Royal (2007) to win the Poule d'Essai des Poulains since the turn of the century, with Astronomer Royal the last Irish or Britishtrained runner to prevail.
The members of the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, led by Astronomer Royal Martin Rees and including Stephen Hawking, have said that the once the threats are identified they intend to devise methods to protect mankind, News.
Two notable examples are: the 8ft mural quadrant made for the second Astronomer Royal Edmond Halley and the 12ft zenith sector device made for James Bradley, who succeeded Halley as Astronomer Royal in 1742.
Professor Martin Rees, the astronomer royal, who will speak at the event, said: "When I first met Stephen it was thought that he might not live long enough even to finish his PhD degree.