Drop by and chat with our Royal Observatory Explainers this summer as they bring science and astronomy to life!
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Get hands-on with a telescope and discover fascinating facts about the Universe this summer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich!
Every weekend our space-tastic team of Observatory Explainers will be around the site, delivering live science demonstrations and astronomy sessions for all ages.
All activities are included with entry to the Royal Observatory, and you can drop in any time that sessions are running. Check out the highlights below for a taste of what's on offer.
Whether you're searching for answers about life in the Universe or are just curious about what it's like to look through a telescope, head to the Royal Observatory this summer.
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Think you can't do astronomy in the daytime? Think again! This is your chance to safely look at the Sun through a telescope and ask everything you've ever wondered about space and astronomy.
Solar observing sessions are hosted by both our in-house Observatory Explainers and our partners at the Flamsteed Astronomy Society. They'll be able to get you started with our dedicated solar telescopes, as well as answer questions about what you're seeing and how telescopes actually work.
Please note this activity is subject to the weather, and will not run if it's too cloudy to observe the Sun. Sessions will be held either by the Dolphin Sundial near the entrance to the historic Observatory or by the large metal cone of the Planetarium. Just ask staff for directions if you're not sure where to go.
If the clouds stop you looking through a telescope, don't worry: head to the Octagon Room inside the historic Royal Observatory buildings for some amazing science demonstrations all about spectroscopy.
Spectroscopy is the process of splitting light into its component parts to study them. For astronomers, this rainbow of light is like the barcode of the universe: the colours help them work out what the objects they are looking at are made of. Want to know if a distant planet could support life? Spectroscopy could be the key...
How big is the Universe? Why is Pluto not a planet anymore? These drop-in family workshops are your chance to ask everything you've ever wanted to know about astronomy, and get stuck into a range of activities themed around space science and exploration.
Held inside the learning spaces at the top of the Astronomy Centre, these sessions are free for both Royal Observatory visitors and Planetarium ticketholders. Just ask staff for directions when you arrive.
Suitable for families with children aged 4-11.
A feat of Victorian engineering, the Great Equatorial Telescope is one of the must-see attractions at the Royal Observatory. But what was it built to do, and how does it work?
During select Saturdays, Observatory Explainers can be found beneath the Great Equatorial Telescope, delivering free talks about the telescope's history and function. Even if they're not there, interactive displays and footage taken during an observing session will give you an idea of what it's like to look up at the night sky using this historic instrument.
Enjoy daily drop-in activities led by volunteers at the Royal Observatory. Learn more about the iconic Time Ball and the history of the Royal Observatory, or take part in exciting demos showing how a compass or a camera obscura works.
Activities vary per day. For exact timings, listen out for announcements on the day.
All activities are free with tickets to the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Visitors to the Planetarium can also drop in to the Young Astronomers workshop before or after their show.