Edinburgh Playfair Observatory

Edinburgh Playfair Observatory

Calton Hill, Edinburgh, EH7 5AA

Inspired by a Greek temple of the Four Winds, the Playfair Observatory, also known as the Edinburgh City Observatory was designed by William Henry Playfair in 1818. The first Astronomer Royal to work at the facility was Professor Thomas Henderson in 1834, an astronomer who had discovered how to measure the distance to nearby stars using the “parallax” method. The venue was redeveloped in 2019 and is now an arts and exhibition space — unfortunately as things stand the observatory is not currently open to the public however some stargazing events are planned to be held here in collaboration with The Astronomical Society of Edinburgh.

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The Astronomical Society of Edinburgh

The Astronomical Society of Edinburgh organises events at this location

Please contact The Astronomical Society of Edinburgh directly with any enquiries relating to visiting this location

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  • 17/09/21

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