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Edmond halley, another famous astronomer, was born in London, England, in 1656. He studied astronomy at Oxford University until 1676, when he went off to study the stars and planets of the southern hemisphere. Later He compiled his data in a book.

does it mean"when he finished university he continued to study about stars and planets of the southern hemisphere"? or it mean " at university he studied the stars and planets of the southern hemisphere"

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There went off means "departed, traveled away".

The stars of the southern hemisphere cannot be observed in Oxford. In 1676 Halley went to the island of St Helena in the South Atlantic.

For the "continued" meaning, we would say he went on to study.

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