Astronomy

Venture into another dimension and discover all about astronomy and the study of celestial objects, such as stars, comets, planets and asteroids. Plus, how you can be captivated by the wonders of the universe at the Peter Harrison Planetarium at Royal Observatory Greenwich. 

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

The Hubble Space Telescope as seen from the departing Space Shuttle Atlantis, flying STS-125, HST Servicing Mission 4.

Since its 1990 launch, Hubble Space Telescope has been dazzling the world with images of space and a deeper understanding of how the universe works.

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

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What are the main differences between Hubble and the new James Webb Space Telescope?

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

Lunar Eclipse and Occultation © Jathin Premjith, Astronomy Photographer of the Year Young Winner 2011

The next partial lunar eclipse is on 16 July 2019. The next toal lunar eclipse is on 16 May 2022, visible from the UK in the very early hours of the morning. 

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

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Since the very beginning of space exploration, animals have been used in space programmes. Find out what pioneering animals travelled in space, and which was the first to orbit the Earth. 

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

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How are foods and drinks prepared for the long journey into space? How do the astronauts eat and drink? 

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