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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Find out what a lunar eclipse is and when the next total lunar eclipse in the UK will occur, as well as expert tips on how to see it from astronomers at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

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19th-century astronomers went beyond cataloguing the skies to understanding their composition and predicting what could not be seen.

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

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

How and, more importantly, why do we measure the brightness of stars?

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With our help you'll soon be measuring and plotting like an astronomer.

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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

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The challenges of measuring everything from a fast-moving, wobbly platform through a haze.

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As well as being objects of beauty, the astrolabe was the instrument favoured for instruction and observation in celestial astronomy for more than a millennium. We hear more from Christopher Parkin, Museum of the History of Science, University of Oxford.

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The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most dramatic things to see in the night sky between July and August. Find out the best dates to see the spectacular display, as well as where to look and how to photograph it.

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