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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This is a portable Gregorian (reflecting) telescope.

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What is it, when is it and where can I see the Geminid meteor shower this year?

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If you don’t have an accurate clock to tell the time with, you can use a celestial one-like the moon.

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Don't overlook this exquisite telescope dated to 1730 from Naples in Italy.

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What is it, when is it and where can I see the Quadrantid meteor shower this year?

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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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Get your bearings with the remains of one of our greatest ever instrument maker's mural quadrant.

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Want to see 'shooting stars'? Check the key dates for major meteor showers in the UK and how to see them in the night sky.

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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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It's beautiful, sure, but can you imagine what it is used for?

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