Astronomy

Useful tips from the space experts at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on how to become an astronomer

John Dee (1527–1608/9) was a brilliant mathematician, antiquary and astrologer, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

The Great Equatorial Telescope at the Royal Observatory kept Britain at the forefront of astrophysics and greatly expanded our knowledge of stars.

The story of Astronomer Royal George Biddell Airy and the remarkable Airy Transit Circle telescope he designed at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

How the humble prism helped unlock the secrets of what the Universe is made of and where it is heading.

How and, more importantly, why do we measure the brightness of stars?

Handy tables of orbits, mass, rotation periods and tilts for the planets and their moons in the Solar System.

With a telescope we can see billons of miles and travel effortlessly back billions of years in time.

Why was Greenwich chosen as where east meets west at Longitude 0°?

Everything you need to know to start you on the road to becoming an amateur or professional astronomer.

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