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Original Transit Pillar Marking the 1882 Site of the Toronto Magnetic and Meteorological Observatory

Original Transit Pillar Marking the 1882 Site of the Toronto Magnetic and Meteorological Observatory

This pillar, erected to carry an astrometrical instrument called a meridian transit, is the only original surviving architectural feature on the site of the Toronto Magnetic and Meteorological Observatory, the nerve centre of the Dominion's 1882 transit of Venus campaign, and a place from which the ToV was not observed due to uncooperative weather.

Photograph by R.A. Rosenfeld.

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