Walter Goodacre

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Walter Goodacre

(Lunar scientist)

Walter Goodacre was a British businessman and amateur astronomer. The crater Goodacre is named in his honor.

Lunar Work

In his youth, Goodacre was a member of the Liverpool Astronomical Society, becoming a founding member of the British Astronomical Association in 1890. In 1897 he became the second Director of its Lunar Section, serving in that post until 1937. In 1910, he published a 77" diameter hand drawn map of the moon. In 1931, he published a larger book of maps of the moon's surface with descriptions of features.


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1856; Loughborough, England


May 1, 1938, Bournemouth, England


Additional Information

  • The Walter Goodacre Medal and Gift is given by the British Astronomical Association in his honor.
  • While not pursuing his astronomical interests, Goodacre head the firm of William Goodacre & Sons, a London carpet manufacturing business founded by his father.
  • See also Walter Goodacre's descriptions of telescopically observable lunar surface details in the Appendix on page 159 of T.W.Webb's Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes, Volume 1: The Solar System.


An Author Where He Belongs


A certain Mr. Goodacre in the Sourcebook Project (William R. Corliss)

- In Mysterious Universe, a handbook of astronomical anomalies (1979) :
  • Page 460: An Occultation Phenomenon (Edwin Holmes, Journal of the British Astronomical Association, 1903).

Note: In this article, a certain Mr. Goodacre is mentioned because of an observation of a strange occultation phenomenon of Jupiter's satellite Io, March 22, 1895. I wonder if this Mr. Goodacre could have been Walter Goodacre...
- DannyCaes Aug 29, 2016