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Longitude, Steampunk and Satellites

Throughout 2014 Royal Museums Greenwich will be celebrating the 300th anniversary of the 1714 Longitude Act, with a series of exhibitions, publications and events exploring human efforts to determine their position and navigate their way around the globe. As well as being part of a fascinating historical and scientific story the Longitude…

Chasing the Northern Lights

As a planetarium astronomer I have seen the aurora many times… in the planetarium. When presenting shows talking about the northern lights, how the interaction of the solar wind (from the Sun) and the Earth’s magnetic field causes these beautiful light displays, people would always come up to me afterwards…

Aliens invade the Royal Observatory!

1 March 2013 – today may or not mark the start of the season of spring, but it definitely does see the start of our exciting Alien Season here at the Royal Observatory. Are we alone in this Universe? If aliens exist, would they be friendly or hostile? Have they…

New views of the Aurora – from Sweden and Saturn

Many people have remarked on the two beautiful pictures of the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights which feature in our current Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition. Anyone who’s been lucky enough to see the aurora for themselves will know what a beautiful spectacle it can be, so it’s not surprising that we…