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Mr Turner & Mrs Somerville

   Uncategorized   October 29, 2014  No Comments

Earlier this year the National Maritime Museum’s blockbuster exhibition Turner and the Sea showcased one of Britain’s greatest artists, the nineteenth-century painter John Mallord William Turner, focussing on his fascination with marine subjects. The Maritime Musuem was therefore an obvious place to go for historical and artistic advice for the team behind Mr Turner, Mike Leigh’s new film about the painter’s life,…

Dates of Ramadan 2014

Here are the times for the first sighting and setting of the crescent moon for Ramadan 2014 (1435) in the UK, according to data supplied by the HM Nautical Almanac Office. Ramadan Mubarak! DATE (2014) TIMES OF FIRST SIGHTING AND SETTING OF THE CRESCENT MOON* LONDON MANCHESTER LEEDS GLASGOW 28 June…

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…

See a brand new meteor shower this weekend

   Uncategorized   May 22, 2014  No Comments

Have you ever spotted the faint constellation Camelopardalis? Spread across the stars between the Plough and the ‘W’ of Cassiopeia, this relatively barren constellation depicting a giraffe (or camel-leopard if you prefer) will play host to a new meteor shower this weekend, as the Earth barrels through clouds of debris…