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The Royal Observatory in Greenwich is a great place to find out more about our universe and what lies beyond, with their planetarium, exhibitions and telescopes.
Now you can see even more exciting shows and displays at a day out here, as the Observatory is taking part in the International Year of Astronomy, an event covering 140 countries, that aims to educate more people about astronomy and space.

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22nd June, 1675:  On this day King Charles II issued a royal warrant to establish an observatory at Greenwich.

"Whereas, in order to the finding out of the longtitude of places for perfecting navigation and astronomy, we have resolved to build a small observatory within Our Park at Greenwich..." - King Charles II.

The foundation stone  for the Royal Greenwich Observatory, on the eastern outskirts of London, was laid on the 10 August 1675.

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The Royal Observatory has announced a packed programme of events in celebration of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (slogan: "The Universe - yours to discover") - 400 years after Galileo turned his attention to the heavens and made the case for a heliocentric solar system.
The Observatory plans to get ten million people to take their first look through a 'scope in the course of the year, and as part of this will offer "a range of opportunities for visitors to gaze at the sky through its historic telescopes". In March and October, it will run two week-long "Moonwatches", described as the chance to "get a close-up view of the Moon's mountains and craters through the Observatory's 28-inch telescope, the largest refracting telescope in the UK".

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Greenwich time team
They were a formidable time team, the Belville family and Arnold.
For more than a century, from 1836 to 1940, this makeshift dynasty defied political fads, cutting-edge technology and dirty tricks to sell the time to London.

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