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Greenwich, the historic home of the prime meridian


It was on October 13, 1884 that the Greenwich meridian was officially adopted as the prime meridian, the imaginary north-south line where the longitude was 0 degrees. A.S.Ganesh gives you a glimpse of how this came to be and where the true prime meridian of the world currently lies…

The courtyard of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England is home to a strip, first made of brass and now replaced by stainless steel, that historically marked zero degrees longitude. This meant that on one side of it lay the Eastern hemisphere, with the Western hemisphere on the other ...


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