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Old 10-04-2016, 01:44 AM   #226
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Lightbulb The Phantom In The Observatory

Griffith Park Observatory-Rebel without a Telescope..
The Central Astronomical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences at Pulkovo, Гла́вная (Пу́лковская) астрономи́ческая обсервато́рия Росси́йской акаде́мии нау́к),is located 19 km south of Saint Petersburg on Pulkovo Heights 75 metres (246 ft) above sea level..The observatory was opened in 1839..The observatory’s activities have also been connected to the geographical study of the territory of Russia and development of navigation..The observatory staff was very badly affected by the Great Purge and many Pulkovo astronomers, including the director Boris Gerasimovich, were arrested and executed in the late 1930s..During the siege of Leningrad (1941–44), the Observatory became the target of fierce German air raids and artillery bombardment..All of the buildings were completely destroyed..Under dramatic circumstances, the main instruments were saved and stored safely in Leningrad, including the lens of the destroyed 30-inch refractor, and a significant part of the unique library with manuscripts and important works from the 15th to 19th century..The 65 cm Zeiss refractor was originally intended as a gift from then Chancellor of Germany Adolf Hitler to the Italian Benito Mussolini, but it was not delivered and instead was taken by the Soviet Union..On February 5, 1997, nearly 1,500 of the 3,852 books were destroyed by arson and the rest of the library items were damaged by flames, smoke or water..Even before the end of the war, the Soviet government made a decision to restore the Observatory..In 1962, the Observatory sent an expedition to Chile to observe stars in the southern skies..In order to observe the southern stars that could not be seen on the observatory’s latitude, the scientists organized two affiliated observing locations.. 'If the sky clears we should learn much,' answered the old lady cryptically..'How clever of you to carry out your scheme of decoration on the floor as well..' The Duke was thoughtfully regarding a 5-pointed star enclosed within two circles between which numerous mystic characters in Greek and Hebrew had been carefully drawn..

'Ho! Ho!' thought the Duke..'We are about to make use of Simon's observatory it seems..An observatory is a location used for observing terrestrial or celestial events..Astronomical observatories are mainly divided into 4 categories: space based, airborne, ground based and underground based..For optical telescopes, most ground-based observatories are located far from major centers of population, to avoid the effects of light pollution..Airborne observatories have the advantage of height over ground installations, putting them above most of the Earth's atmosphere..But they also have an advantage over space telescopes – the instruments can be deployed, repaired and updated much more quickly and inexpensively..Space-based observatories are telescopes or other instruments that are located in outer space, many in orbit around the Earth..I see, then you have ceremonies in your 'Astronomical Society-how interesting!'.. 'Well you've certainly gone in for it properly..

Soviet post stamp on occasion of 150th anniversary of the OBservatory..

The silence that followed was a little awkward and in it, all three plainly heard a muffled scratching noise that seemed to come from a large wicker basket placed against the wall..

'You've got mice here, Simon,' said Rex casually, but De Richleau had stiffened where he stood. Then, before Simon could bar his way, he leapt towards the hamper and ripped open the lid..

'Stop that!' cried Simon angrily, and dashing forward he forced it shut again, but too late, for within the basket the Duke had seen two living pinioned fowls-a black cock and a white hen..

With a sudden access of bitter fury he turned on Simon, and seizing him by his silk lapels, shook him as a terrier shakes a rat..'You fool,' he thundered.. 'I'd rather see you dead than monkeying with Black Magic'..Humans..and how I love you talking monkeys for this..know more about war and treachery of the spirit than any angel..I don't wanna be a god Simon..I just wanna make it like it was, before the lie..When he loved us best..., you don't need to use your words..When you were trapping that demon, you weren't..I mean, it was all a trick, right?.You never considered actually making that deal, right?..

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