Astronomical Observatory of Joseph Le Paute D'Agelet

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Joseph Le Paute D'Agalet (1751-1788), a French astronomer, set up a temporary astronomical observatory in Cavite City, in the garden of a commandant, as part of the French ships La Boussole and L'astrolabe 's scientific mission in the area. In this observatory, D'agelet determined the latitude of Cavite by means of lunar distances and the rate of chronometers.

D’Agale, who was also a clockmaker and mathematician, was accompanying French naval officer and explorer Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse on his scientific circumnavigation when he established the observatory in Cavite. They made their stop in the Philippines from February 28 to April 10, 1787.


Reference

  • National Historical Institute. Historical Markers: Regions I-IV and CAR. Manila: National Historical Institute, 1993.

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