Astronomy enquiries

Astronomy information and links

Astronomy and time enquiries

We regret that we are not able to answer enquiries relating to astronomy, space and time. Telephone, email or written enquiries will be referred back to the website. However, you can follow or get in touch with our astronomers via Twitter or Facebook.

Astronomy news websites

The following sites provide up-to-date astronomy and space news:

  • X-ray image of the Crab Nebula pulsar. ©NASA/CXC/SAOX-ray image of the Crab Nebula pulsar. ©NASA/CXC/SAO NASA - news
    NASA’s latest agency, mission and research news
  • ESA
    International astronomy news from the European Space Agency
  • Space.com - news
    Current top space stories and recent headlines
  • British National Space Centre (BNSC)
    Space news items can be filtered by all news, space industry news, and mission news (space projects)
  • BBC Science news
    Science/nature section of the BBC News portal (often contains astronomy news with video clips)
  • National Schools Observatory (NSO) - news
    Monthly guide to the UK night sky; general astronomy news features (primarily for schools audience)

Astronomy, space and time websites

An image of Saturn from NASA's Cassini spacecraftAn image of Saturn from NASA's Cassini spacecraftBelow are a selection of helpful sites to help answer your astronomy queries and further your study and research. They help answer some of the most frequently asked questions sent to the ROG astronomers, including 'naming a star', sunrise and sunset calculators and terrestial coordinates. We also provide links to the some of the major astronomical organizations such as PPARC, ESA and NASA.

  • HM Nautical Almanac
    In collaboration with the Royal Observatory Greenwich, this site provides celestial data to the public, including a sunrise and sunset time calculator, visibility predictions for the new crescent Moon, maps of forthcoming eclipses and information on UK public holidays.
  • SunHeight
    A site that can compute height and azimuth and the rise and set of solar system bodies at anytime and from anywhere on earth.
  • Getty Thesarus of Geographic Names
    Information on terrestrial coordinates - latitude and longitude. (Please note: the Royal Observatory is unable to provide information on these)
  • Night sky news - National Schools Observatory
    Notes on what you can see in the night sky this month, including phases of the moon, map of the current night sky and this month's highlights.
  • Moonwatch
    The Moon Watch project allows you to help astronomers improve their predictions. Look out for the new crescent moon and submit the details to the website.
  • The naming of stars
     The Royal Observatory is frequently asked about naming stars after individuals and so we have prepared a fact file which has all the information and some useful links.
  • time and date.com
    This site includes lots of information that is time and date related, such as yearly and monthly calendars, counters, countdown, and the world clock which shows current time in cities all over the world.
  • Weather forecasts for astronomers
    Accurate forecasts of cloud over the UK, Ireland, mainland Europe and north Africa.
  • NASA
    News and features about current and upcoming space exploration projects and Earth-based studies and research.
  • ESA
    All the latest news and features from the European Space Agency, including a multimedia gallery of pictures, scans, illustrations and videos.
  • STFC
    The Science and Technology Facilities Council was formed in 2007 to fund and operate world-class large-scale scientific facilities such as astronomical observatories, high performance computers, laboratories and space projects in which the UK has an interest, and to direct, coordinate and fund UK research, education and training in astronomy and solar system science, as well as other sciences that use similar facilities.
  • Mars Express
    Follow the progress of Europe's first mission to Mars. In orbit around the red planet since the beginning of 2004, Mars Express has confirmed the existence of water and methane on the planet and produced some amazing images of the surface.