Royal Observatory at Greenwich working for first time since London smog shut down telescopes 60 years ago

The Royal Observatory at Greenwich has been pivotal to astronomy and navigation since the beginning of time. Well, international standard time at least. But what few people realise is that the observatory has not actually observed anything for more than half a century.

Astronomers were forced to abandon their work in the 1950s as London smogs grew so bad that they could no longer see the stars through their telescopes.

As the railways expanded nearby, the rumble of trains also made it impossible to take accurate readings with sensitive instruments, while the ever-growing capital brought increasingly dazzling light pollution.

Now, after more than 60 years a new telescope has been installed at Greenwich to restore its status as a working observatory once again. Not only is London’s air cleaner now, but modern telescope filters can tune out the pollution to hone in on the stars, planets, nebulae and even galaxies.

Curator of Royal Observatory Greenwich, Dr Louise Devoy said: “The observatory really started to wind down in 1948 because Greenwich had been expanding, and Greenwich Power Station was belching out smoke so the telescopes were becoming useless.

“They also used to do magnetic and meteorological readings from here, but the railways and iron-framed buildings interfered with the signals and the vibrations from the trains made accuracy impossible. With the new telescope we can use filters and software to process it all out.”

Reese’s Sent The Best Care Package To A Guy Whose Reese’s Was Missing Peanut Butter

Back in April, a man bit into a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup — only to realize every fan’s worst nightmare: There was absolutely no peanut butter inside. His set of cups were frauds — total frauds! — as they were made from nothin’ but chocolate.
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Though this was clearly just an unfortunate factory mistake, Iowa resident Alex Hentges took to Reddit to share his Reese’s dilemma with the internet.This is how it all unraveled: Alex said he knew something seemed odd about his cups before he even opened them. “They were room temperature, and I knew something was off because it wasn’t squishy,” he told Insider. “So I decided to break it in half after opening and found the disaster.” Alex says he broke open a total of six cups missing their much needed peanut butter filling. His post soon went viral (by now, it’s racked up 47,200 responses) so he decided to reach out to Reese’s and fill them in on what happened, too. Alex explained on Reddit: “I’ve had people message me already asking for them, but I’m not looking for money for this. I legit just thought this was funny when I got it and posted to Reese’s FB page more as a joke than anything. This whole thing BLEW UP.”
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Reese’s sent Alex coupons at first, but a few days later, the brand followed up with an epic care package. In a handwritten note, Reese’s wrote:”Sometimes we like to remind people that you need both chocolate AND peanut butter, together, to have the perfect candy. This was one of those times. And you were the unlucky person. Now that we made our point, here’s enough chocolate AND peanut butter to make everything cool between us.”Moral of the story? The internet can lead to a dreamy amount of free candy — and Reese’s public relations team brings their A-game in dire situations.Follow Delish on Instagram.