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Question 1: Modern geodetic reference systems, such as the ________ and the International Terrestrial Reference Frame, use a single Earth-centered oblate spheroid.
Global Positioning SystemWorld Geodetic SystemGeodesyLongitude

Question 2: The last time that all departments were there was 1924: in that year electrification of the railways affected the readings of the ________ and Meteorological Department and forced its move to Abinger.
ElectromagnetismMagnetic momentMagnetismMagnetic field

Question 3: The Royal Observatory, Greenwich (formerly the Royal Greenwich Observatory or RGO) was commissioned in 1675 by King Charles II, with the ________ being laid on 10 August.
CornerstoneCatholic ChurchAltarOrthodox Church

Question 4: The basis of longitude, the ________, established in 1851 and adopted at an international conference in 1884, passes through the Airy transit circle of the observatory.
1st meridian westPrime Meridian5th meridian west1st meridian east

Question 5: The Isaac Newton Telescope was built at Herstmonceux in 1967, but was moved to Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in Spain's ________ in 1979.
MelillaAndalusiaCanary IslandsTenerife

Question 6: When Greenwich was an active observatory, geographical coordinates were referred to a local oblate spheroid called a datum, whose surface closely matched local mean sea level, called the ________.
Physical geodesyPetr VaníčekGeoidWorld Geodetic System

Question 7: Her Majesty's Nautical Almanac Office was transferred to the ________ after the closure.
Diamond Light SourceScience and Technology Facilities CouncilRutherford Appleton LaboratoryEuropean Space Agency

Question 8: Thus the strip is now 5.31 ________ West.
Minute of arcLatitudeLongitudeAngle

Question 9: Greenwich site becomes the Royal Observatory, Greenwich again, and is part of the ________.
Imperial War MuseumBritish MuseumNational Maritime MuseumSir John Soane's Museum

Question 10: It not only housed the scientific instruments to be used by Flamsteed in his work on stellar tables, but over time also incorporated a number of additional responsibilities such as the keeping of ________ and later Her Majesty's Nautical Almanac Office.
Islamic calendarGregorian calendarTimeGeologic time scale







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