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

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

On 16 May 2022 there will be a total lunar eclipse, also known as a blood moon, visible from the UK in the very early hours of the morning. The last total lunar eclipse was on 21 January 2019.

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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.

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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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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?

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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.

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