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In turn, his son, William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse, was responsible for the construction of the great telescope at Birr.When completed in 1845, it was the largest telescope on earth, and capable of capturing more light and seeing further into space than any telescope had done before.Parsons engaged English masons in the construction of a new castle on the site.This construction took place, not on the site of the O'Carroll's Black Tower (since disappeared), but at its gatehouse.“I have the honour of knowing them very well.” The bookies’ predictions were swinging wildly and in the press room no one seemed to be any wiser about who would be named the 2017 Rose.
A later descendant, Laurence Parsons, 2nd Earl of Rosse, also engaged in some re-building, and heightened and "Gothicised" the castle in the early 19th century.
Birr therefore became a focus for astronomical observations, and visitors came to visit the observatory from all over the world - including Charles Babbage and Napoléon Eugène, Prince Imperial.
When the 3rd Earl died, his sons carried on the scientific tradition, and the 4th Earl (Lawrence Parsons, 4th Earl of Rosse) is noted for measuring the heat of the moon.
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