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

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Louise De Keroualle was a key component in the race to find longitude. 

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Why was Greenwich chosen as the home of the Prime Meridian and Greenwich Mean Time, and what do those terms mean?

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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What can you see through binoculars or a small telescope of the Solar System?

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

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Is it a star, is it a planet or is it a plane? A handy guide to identifying that bright object you saw last night.

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What is the Eta Aquariid meteor shower, when does it happen and how can I see it in 2020?

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The 88 constellations act as a handy map of the skies and a seasonal calendar used from ancient times. But what connects the stars in the same constellation?

Sir George Biddell Airy (1801-92)

Within the Caird Library’s collection of rare books is the personal library of the seventh Astronomer Royal, Sir George Biddell Airy. It features a plethora of scientific and astronomical research, as well as some of the Library’s most historically significant works such as Copernicus’s influential De revolutionibus orbium coelestium and Flamsteed’s controversial Historiae coelestis, which was published without his consent.

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