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The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"
Explore score
0.26 Gigapixels
Date added
Dec 15, 2009
Date taken
Dec 15, 2009

GigaPan Epic 100 + Canon EOS 4...


This room at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy contains an exhibiton themed on early female astronomers togther with information about the Herschels. William is well-known as the discoverer of Uranus and infra-red radiation. His sister Caroline was a comet hunter. Both were accomplished musicians and William performed an excerpt from Handel's Messiah *in front of Handel* at the New Rooms (now the Freemasons' Temple) in Bath.

Images taken with the kind permission of and © Bath Preservation Trust (www.bath-preservation-trust.org.uk Will open in a new tab or window/).

Gigapan Comments (3)

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  1. David Engle

    David Engle (December 16, 2009, 12:24PM )

    You have now set a precedent ... now and forever, the room will be called the Urania Room :)

  2. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (December 16, 2009, 12:19PM )

    I am not sure what the curator at the museum calls this room. I called it the "Urania Room" because I needed a name for my gigapan. I could have used "That Room with the Amazingly Small Dress" - and in fact I might have got more hits if I did - missed a trick there :-) Actually, in your readings about the Herschels, have you read anything about Caroline's stature? The size of the dress doesn't really come across in this image but, eg, it would seem Caroline only measured about 12 inches (30cm) across her shoulders.

  3. David Engle

    David Engle (December 16, 2009, 06:46AM )

    I find no record of this being called the Urania Room while the Herschels lived here, which is a pity because it should have been named that during that time since his fame came from his incredible discovery of the planet Uranus. Herschel initially belived it to be a comet, but there was no tail, so it was the seventh known planet, the first to be discovered since Ptolemy and William named it Georgium Sidus, but later the planet was named Uranus after the name Urania, the goddess of astronomy. Did I mention that this is a spectacular GigaPan? :) Note: I find the book insert on the ceiling to be particularily uplifting :)

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