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This week we’ll be reaching for the stars, as I take a look at some stories of North Manchester astronomy.
I’m going to be talking about three interesting astronomical events – the 1639 transit of Venus, the 1851 solar eclipse, and the 1858 occultation of Saturn – and, more importantly, how these events were witnessed in North Manchester. Of course, this means taking a look at some of the North Manc men who’ve reached for the stars. Broughton’s William Crabtree, one of only two people to observe the 1639 transit of Venus, is probably the best known. But I’ll also be talking a bit about Cheetham Hill’s Joseph Baxendell, once the official astronomer to Manchester Corporation, who constructed the Crumpsall Observatory with his friend Robert Worthington. From their telescope in Crumpsall, Baxendell and Worthington witnessed a number of phenomena, including the occultation of Saturn.
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