A lunar Blackett

Submitted by alkirtley on Thu, 11/21/2019 - 16:13

Blackett Crater is a lunar impact crater. It has a diameter of 141km and lies beyond the outer ring of the Mare Orientale basin. It was named in honour of Lord Patrick Maynard Stuart Blackett (see A Nobel Prize for a Blackett), the British physicist and Nobel laureate. Unfortunately it is on the far side of the moon, and cannot therefore be seen from…

… the Blackett Observatory. Image removed.

The observatory stands in the grounds of Marlborough College in Wiltshire. It is named after Sir Basil Phillott Blackett KCB, (see A Blackett in high finance) a past President of the Old Malburian Club, and houses the largest telescope in full time use in any school in the UK. It was opened in 1935, shortly after Sir Basil died in Germany, following a car crash.