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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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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Find out everything you wanted to know about partial and total solar and lunar eclipses, including when to see them in the UK

Lyrid Meteor Shower

What is it, when is it and where can I see the Lyrid 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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The telescope has evolved as a key scientific instrument that has changed our perceptions of the world. 

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Working in astronomy has always been a challenge for women but somehow they’ve managed to contribute in their own way, whether it’s observing directly themselves or recording and analysing data from other astronomers. Others contributed by writing popular books and developing education materials to share the subject with others. Their work has long been overshadowed by their male counterparts but in this blog I’d like to focus on one particular female astronomer who worked here at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, during the 1890s and whose story really encapsulates the struggles faced by women in astronomy at the time.

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