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Title: Grandmaster de Rohan's astronomical observatory (1783-1789)
Authors: Ventura, Frank
Keywords: Knights of Malta -- Malta -- History -- 16th century
Order of St John -- Malta -- History -- 16th century
Knights of Malta. Grand Masters
Order of St John. Grand Masters
Rohan de Polduc, Emmanuel de, 1725-1797
Astronomy -- Malta -- History -- 18th century
Astronomical observatories -- Malta -- History
Lalande, Joseph Jerome Le Francais de, 1732-1807
Dolomieu, Deodat de, 1750-1801
Dolomieu, Deodat de, 1750-1801 -- Travel
Quadrants (Astronomical instruments) -- Malta -- History -- 18th century
Stars -- History -- 18th century
Dangos, Jean Auguste, 1744-1833
Comets -- History -- 18th century
Issue Date: 1990
Publisher: Malta Historical Society
Citation: Ventura, F. (1990). Grandmaster de Rohan's astronomical observatory (1783-1789). Melita Historica, 10(3), 245-255.
Abstract: Ventura writes about the astronomical observatory which existed in Malta during the late 18th century prior to its fiery destruction in 1789. The cause of its demise is either lightning or, to a more controversial extent, Dangos' (a French astronomer) experiments with phosphorous. The latter possibility was probably insinuated as a slight towards Dangos who, in the coming years, was suggested to have forged observations during his time working at the observatory. Plans to construct a new observatory in Malta were decreed by Napoleon yet, due to the brief nature of the French occupation, they never materialised.
Appears in Collections:MH, Volume 10, No. 3 (1990)
MH, Volume 10, No. 3 (1990)

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