Museum blog

Read our blog to get the lowdown from our experts and go behind the scenes at Royal Museums Greenwich.

1 August 2015

This month’s night sky highlight is the spectacular annual Perseids meteor shower, and there's plenty else to look out for as well. (Times given are for London and may vary for other parts of the UK.)

30 July 2015
Ahead of the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year winners announcement on 17 September, we're catching up with the competition judges. We talked to them about the...
29 July 2015
Today's guest blog is by Eleanor Taylor, who won this year's Prize for Illustration competition with a beautiful picture of our Observatory. She talks about her choice for...
27 July 2015
As there is less than a month left to see the Ships, Clocks & Stars exhibition at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC, it’s a good time to remark on a few...
6 July 2015

There’s always plenty to see in the night (and daytime) sky, and this month we’ve got meteors, conjunctions and a few particular stars and planets to look out for. The Jupiter/Venus conjunction has been keeping sky-watchers happy for the first few days of July - you can see some more pictures on our Facebook timeline.

27 June 2015
The last time I wrote about Clock B, we had just commenced an official 100-day trial to see if it would keep up with John Harrison's expectations. In the last blog post the...
24 June 2015
New Horizons mission edging closer to Pluto by Colin Stuart Excitement is building as NASA's New Horizons probe is inching ever nearer to Pluto. Launched in 2006, the mission...
23 June 2015

Do you ever find yourself wishing that there were more hours in the day? If so, you may be comforted to know that Tuesday, June 30, 2015 will actually be a little longer than normal this year; not by hours, but a single second – a leap second.

15 June 2015

On 21 June we're holding a day of events celebrating the Summer Solstice. As the longest day of the year approaches our Astronomer looks at what the Solstice means. 

15 June 2015
As we approach the Summer Solstice, our Curator of the Royal Observatory looks at how the sun was used nearly 100 years ago to test Einstein's theory of general relativity.