Rugby School celebrated the grand opening of the newly refurbished Temple Observatory on 22 November.
Old Rugbeian (OR) Professor Chris Howe, who is the School’s newly appointed governor for science, gave a brief speech on the history of the Observatory and his boyhood memories before cutting the ribbon.
The generosity of the OR trust was on show with the globes of planets and the moon, as well as some models of space exploration vehicles. Many commented on the wonderfully designed work tops with the inlaid planets and orbits produced with great skill by School carpenter Matt White.
Guests were able to view Jupiter and five of its moons, reminiscent of drawings made by Galilieo more than 400 years ago. The Observatory is popular with local schools, Guides, Brownies and Cubs looking to earn their Astronomy Badges.