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, if you do have a question about astronomy, the Big questions answered podcast would love to answer it. Call 020 8123 9911 to record your question, then listen in to hear if it's answered in the latest episode.
- Keep up to date with the new Royal Observatory blog
- See our list of links to other websites which provide up-to-date astronomy news, or browse our list of other useful astronomy, space and time websites below
- Get answers to our frequently asked astronomy and time questions including questions about UFOs, comets, asteroids, telescopes, naming stars, the northern lights and leap years
- Learn about astronomy, the universe, space exploration, the solar system and stars with our astronomy fact files
- Find out what's on at the Royal Observatory and Peter Harrison Planetarium
- Find out about astronomy and space events and facilities for schools
- Buy astronomy products in our online shop.
The following sites provide up-to-date astronomy and space news:
NASA - news
NASA’s latest agency, mission and research news
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)
Below 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.
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.
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.
News and features about current and upcoming space exploration projects and Earth-based studies and research.
All the latest news and features from the European Space Agency, including a multimedia gallery of pictures, scans, illustrations and videos.
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.