Charles Mason

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Charles Mason (born April 1728 in Oakridge, Gloucestershire , England , † October 25, 1786 in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania , USA ) was an English astronomer .

At the beginning of his career he worked at the Greenwich Observatory near London . He was also involved in the observation of the passage of Venus ( Venus transit ) in 1761, which was requested by Edmond Halley . He observed Venus together with Jeremiah Dixon in Cape Town, the results should be a counterpart to the results of the observations in Northern Europe. Between 1763 and 1769 he and his partner Jeremiah Dixon measured the Mason-Dixon line named after them .


Individual evidence

  1. ^ A Plan of the West Line or Parallel of Latitude . In: World Digital Library . 1768. Retrieved July 1, 2013.

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