From finding planets in the night sky to predicting the phases of the moon, these workshops offer a great introduction to astronomy for younger visitors.
These workshops are drop-in events, providing opportunities to explore aspects of astronomy using simple cardboard kits that children can take away and use at home.
Celebrating the Transit of Venus, 5–6 June 2012, the Royal Observatory's Transit Season will highlight the Observatory's long history of observing past transits.
In previous centuries Transits of Venus were used to measure the scale of the solar system. Such transits occur in pairs, 8 years apart, each separated by over a century: after 2012 the next Transit of Venus will not be until December 2117.
The season is about the people, the telescopes and spacecraft which have extended our view of the Universe and allowed us to comprehend its immense scale. A story that has included figures such as Astronomer Royal Edmund Halley, King George III, Captain James Cook, the botanist Joseph Banks, astronomer Edwin Hubble and Turner Prize-winning artist Wolfgang Tillmans, in our quest to understand and measure the true size of the universe.
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