Talks & Courses

Young Astronomers Workshop

Get hands-on in these short drop in family workshops themed around space science and exploration, from the most recent discoveries about the Solar System to our latest understanding of the wider universe.
 
Our team of Observatory Explainers include those who are studying astronomy at degree or postgraduate level and can answer your burning space questions such as: how big is the Universe and why is Pluto not a planet anymore? Also if you've always wondered what it takes to become an astronomer - they are the people to ask!

Jon Culshaw's Guide to the Night Sky

Jon is one of the judges for Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year and a frequent contributer to the Sky at Night amongst an illustrious comedy career. We're welcoming Jon to the Observatory to curate and share his own trip around the cosmos. From the near reaches of the Moon to the far reaches of the galaxy he'll be sure to wow us with a symphony of celestial delights.

Find out more about Insight Astronomer Photographer of the Year

Observatory Unlocked

Enjoy a range of public talks and activities delivered by our Observatory Explainers, ranging from short talks on the hidden stories of the Royal Observatory Greenwich to Solar observing and hands on science demonstrations.
 
Our team of Observatory Explainers include those who are studying Astrophysics at degree or postgraduate level and can answer your burning questions about astronomy such as: why do we need dark matter to explain the universe and how do astronomers know that space is expanding?
 

Night sky observing highlights – October 2015

This month’s highlights include planetary conjunctions and the Orionid meteor shower. (All times given are for London and will vary for other parts of the UK.) 2 October after 22.00 look towards the waning gibbous Moon low in the east, and then look for the orange star Aldebaran in the constellation Taurus which will be only half a degree away.

4 Oct – a last quarter Moon will be visible in the morning, setting around 15.00.

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