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Night sky observing highlights – July 2015

There’s always plenty to see in the night (and daytime) sky, and this month we’ve got meteors, conjunctions and a few particular stars and planets to look out for. The Jupiter/Venus conjunction has been keeping sky-watchers happy for the first few days of July – you can see some more pictures…

Just a second …

Do you ever find yourself wishing that there were more hours in the day? If so, you may be comforted to know that Tuesday, June 30, 2015 will actually be a little longer than normal this year; not by hours, but a single second – a leap second. This peculiar…

Summer Solstice 21 June

On 21 June we’re holding a day of events celebrating the Summer Solstice. As the longest day of the year approaches our Astronomer looks at what the Solstice means.  Because of their enormous distance from us the stars remain stationary with respect to each other (at least during the span…

A giant tool in the sky – testing general relativity

As we approach the Summer Solstice, our Curator of the Royal Observatory looks at how the sun was used nearly 100 years ago to test Einstein’s theory of general relativity.   It’s great to enjoy the sunshine and long hours of daylight at this time of year. As we approach the Summer…