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


9 May: ‘Harlot’ and ‘Heroine’ : Exploring 19th century ideals of womanhood through the lives of Emma Hamilton and Grace Darling

Ellen Weineck, Curatorial Intern


16 May: Battles in Ink: the Pen Paintings of the van de Veldes 

Zoe Mercer-Golden, Assistant Curator


23 May: Disappearance: Shipwrecks, Tacita Dean and Paul Duke 

Melanie Vandenbrouck, Curator of Art


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 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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