AstronoMay

Join Royal Observatory astronomers every day in May to learn more about space!

Astronomers at the Royal Observatory will be taking to Twitter every day over the next month and talking about our weird and wonderful Universe. To keep track of all of the activities we have going on, keep an eye on our website and join us on Twitter for #AstronoMay!

@ROGAstronomers on Twitter

 

Programme for #AstronoMay:

Observatory Online

Find out what is in the night sky over the upcoming week and listen to astronomers answer your questions about space on Observatory Online! New videos are released every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 

Astronomy Questions

Every Tuesday, challenge yourself by answering our astronomy questions on different space-related topics!

Past Astronomy Questions:

What is in the night sky during May? If you want to learn more about what is in the night sky over the next month, then make sure to check out our Look Up podcast. Our astronomers also talk about hydrothermal vents as the origin of life on the Earth and how some worlds in our own Solar System can be good places to search for life.

Why is the sky blue? It might seem completely normal, but do you know why the sky is blue and why sunsets and sunrises are red? What about skies on other planets? 

Could there be life out there in our Solar System? And where? Astronomers think that Saturn's moon Enceladus seems to have the right conditions for life, but why? 

Throwback Thursday

Find out about the history of astronomy and famous astronomers in our #TBTs!

If you are interested in past TBTs, check them out here: 

Great Equatorial Telescope: The Great Equatorial Telescope (GET) is our 28-inch refracting telescope built in 1893 and it is the oldest telescope of its kind still operating in the UK. The length of the telescope is 28 feet and its weight is about 18-tonnes! Even though it is a big and heavy telescope, it is so well balanced on its mount that even a child can easily move this telescope around.

Comets - The Snowballs of Space: The Bayeux Tapestry depicts the Normal conquest of England in 1066. But did you know that a well-known comet makes an appearnce in the tapestry too? That comet is none other than Halley's comet - although, it wasn't known by that name at the time. In 1705, English astronomer Edmond Halley published 'A Synopsis of the Astronomy of Comets' in which he discussed the parabolic orbits of 24 comets. He noted that the comets of 1531, 1607 and 1682 shared similar characteristics. Halley argued that they were not three separate comets, but repeated visits of the same comet with an orbital period of 76 years. Halley predicted that the comet would return in 1758...and he was correct! The comet became known as Halley's comet and thanks to his work, astronomers could determine past and future visits of the comet. 

Astronomy at Home

Explore the night sky using our online resources and family make-and-do activities, all from the comfort of your own home! New activities are released every weekend. Make sure to send us any photographs of your handmade space activities to our astronomers on Twitter!

Check out our full list of family activities and resources here: Astronomy at Home