Talks & Courses

Jon Culshaw's Guide to the Night Sky

This event was originally scheduled to take place 15 March, but has moved to 13 July 

Jon is one of the judges for Insight 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.

Meet the Experts


5 September

Painting the Pacific

Sophie Richards, Exhibitions Interpretation Curator


12 September

Cobles, Scaffies, Wherries and Drifters: Alan Sorrell and Working Boats from Around the British Coast

Simon Stephens, Curator of Ship Model and Boats Collection


19 September

Pictorial Puzzles in Dutch and Flemish Seascapes

Dr Pieter van der Merwe, Greenwich Curator Emeritus


Observatory Unlocked

Please note the sessions on 6 October will take place on the Great Map as part of Fun Palaces at the National Maritime Museum.

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 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?

Introduction to Astrophysics

An excellent follow up to Introduction to Astronomy to further investigate the physics of our universe. This six-week course is for people with some prior knowledge of astronomy and a great deal of curiosity; it is an ideal follow-on for those who have studied Introduction to Astronomy, and can also be studied independently.

The course covers Solar System exploration, exoplanets, dark matter and dark energy, cosmology and the Big Bang. 

The course will run three times during in the 2018-19 academic year.

  • 18 September -23 october

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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