Astronomy

Latest news, articles and photos

Astronomy - Latest news, articles and photos

London tube map based on the stars in the skies
London tube map based on the stars in the skies

London tube map based on the stars in the skies

A variant on the classic London Underground tube map has been released, with all the stations renamed after astronomical objects and events.

Aug
12
2020
England’s 17th century attempt to reach the moon
England’s 17th century attempt to reach the moon

England’s 17th century attempt to reach the moon

It was a time of the death of kings, and a 17th century Englishman proposed a space programme with the ambition of reaching the moon.

Feb
06
2018
Ticket Alert – Buzz Aldrin in Conversation with Brian Cox
Ticket Alert – Buzz Aldrin in Conversation with Brian Cox

Ticket Alert – Buzz Aldrin in Conversation with Brian Cox

A chance to hear from the second man to step foot on the moon, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who will be at the Science Museum later this month.

Feb
09
2016
Poyekhali! Yuri Gagarin photo display at the Royal Albert Hall
Poyekhali! Yuri Gagarin photo display at the Royal Albert Hall

Poyekhali! Yuri Gagarin photo display at the Royal Albert Hall

For the next few months, there will be a modest display of photos from the archive of the Russian news agency, RIA Novosti featuring unseen images of Yuri Gagarin and his life –  from his birth (not literally!) until his

Jun
06
2011

Last Chance to Visit Hampstead Observatory

…until September. Hampstead Observatory, the 100-year old telescope observatory in North London is open to the general public for free during the winter months – but has to close for summer due to the annoyance of a lack of darkness

May
13
2010

Large moon over London

The stunning sight this morning of the Full Moon sinking down over London had me reaching for my camera. Thanks to an optical illusion though, if you take a photo of an enlarged moon, it seems to shrink to normal

Feb
01
2010

Watch a Satellite Launch Live

Tomorrow evening (Sat 20th Dec), it will be possible to watch a satellite launch live, as a launch of the massive Ariane 5 rocket will be taking place. Alas, it is only via the internet from South America – as

Dec
19
2008

Clear sky at night – Observers delight

According to the weather reports, this Saturday night (6th Dec) is expected to be very clear – and cold. The Hampstead Observatory in North London is open to the public from 8pm and this could be a good night to

Dec
05
2008

Watch a Lunar Eclipse next week

One for your calendars – as next week will be host to the only total lunar eclipse of the year, and there wont be another total eclipse until 2010. The moon turns a bloody red as it passes into the

Feb
11
2008