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Women’s History Month – Ruth Belville

We’ve been celebrating Women’s History Month by looking at the women who played such a vital role in the history of science and the development of our Observatory. Previously we’ve discussed Louise de Keroualle and the creation of the Observatory and Caroline Herschel – the first ever paid female astronomer. Today…

Spring Forward – clocks change 29 March

Now that spring is definitely finally here in the UK, just to confuse things we’re about to move into summertime – well, British Summer Time (or BST). So don’t forget to put your clocks forward one hour this weekend! The official start time of BST is 1.00 a.m. on Sunday 29…

Astro Art: Moon and Sun

In the last couple of blog entries, I have looked at some fascinating objects from the Museum’s collection, using the categories of the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition as a guide. Prompted by the solar eclipse, I am tackling two (new) categories at once, the Moon and the Sun, mankind’s most…

Astro Art: Skyscapes

Until the fairly recent advent – or wider use – of photography, astronomers had to rely on artists (or indeed use their own artistic skills!) to record the objects they observed, and disseminate these images to fellow scientists and the public alike. Stimulated by the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the…