Letter: Dome of discord

THE PRIME Minister tells us that Greenwich will be "the most exciting place in the world to be" on 31 December 1999.

It is deeply ironic that the Royal Greenwich Observatory, which gave Greenwich its unique significance, will cease to exist on 31 October 1998, after 323 years in which it helped British sailors to navigate the globe, gave the world a prime meridian, and, in recent years, provided British astronomers with world-class telescopes.

For the want of a fraction of the sum to be spent on the Dome Britain's national observatory is to die just 14 months short of 2000.

LYNNE MARIE STOCKMAN

Cambridge

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