EAT07 – The Royal Edinburgh Observatory

In episode EAT07 of KPO’s European Astronomy Tour, we’ll be visiting the Royal Observatory Edinburgh, here on Blackford Hill in the old city of Edinburgh, Scotland. This observatory was built and established in April 1896, when two telescopes were moved from other locations and installed in the new observatory. The first was a 15-inch refractor, placed in the East Dome,  and a 24-inch reflector established in the West Dome. In addition to those scopes, an 8.5-inch transit circle was housed in a separate building further west.

In this episode we have two exciting interviews. The first is with Dr. William Taylor, who specializes in massive stars, and the second is a special discussion with Dr. Andy Lawrence, who is the Regius Professor of Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh / Institute for Astronomy. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE) and Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS). His is a past director of the Institute for Astronomy.

  • Dr Lawrence is co-chairing a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) called “Astro Tech: The Science & Technology behind Astronomical Discovery”, available on Coursera (
  • Dr Lawrence’s book, “Astronomical Measurement: A Concise Guide” is available from Springer.
  • More info about Dr. Lawrence can be found on his main ROE page.

The Observatory’s main website is

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