A Guide to Places with Pictures and Stories from Life

Greenwich Royal Observatory

greenwich-royal-observatory-dolphin-sundial-dsc_6911

The Greenwich Royal Observatory includes Flamsteed House and the Harrison Timekeepers ⇐.  In the midst is a small garden with this very impressive Dolphin Sun Dial.

greenwich-royal-observatory-dolphin-sundial-dsc_6912

The sun-dial is self-adjusting.  As the height of the sun changes with the time of the year, the shadow position changes its height and so indicates a corrected time..

greenwch-royal-observatory-and-flamsteed-house

The Greenwich Royal Observatory and Flamsteed House.

royal-observatory-refracting-telescope-dsc_6985

Inside the onion dome is the largest refracting telescope in the UK.  First used in 1893, it remains one of the largest refracting telescopes ever built.   Entry is free except the night sky observation evening. For more and to find out about night sky observation evenings please click here ⇒ .

greenwich-planetrium

The Planetarium ⇒for which there is a charge.

greenwich-royal-observatory-astronomy-centre

The Astronomy Center ⇒ is mostly educational and is free to enter.

greeenwich-astronomy-centre

.

greenwich-royal-observatory-astrolabes-and-armillary-spheres

Astrolabes and Armillary Spheres were used to predict/exhibit planet and moon positions..

greenwich-royal-observatory-astronomy-centre-meteorite

Visitors to the Astronomy Center can touch part of the Gibeon Meteorite ⇒. At 4.5 billion years old it is the oldest thing that a mere earthling might touch.

greenwich-royal-observatory-astronomy-centre-spectrospcope

An early spectroscope.  Spectroscopy ⇒.

greenwich-royal-observatory-galvano-magnetic-clock

Outside the Meridian Courtyard ⇐ is a 24 hour electric clock.  The use of roman numerals means that it is actually indicates 2 pm.

And, there is a lot more to see and do at Wonderful Greenwich⇐.

♪ Your Comments are Welcome Feedback ♪

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s