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From London to outer space at the National Maritime Museum

By June 18, 2013Blog

 

The National Maritime Museum is the UK’s leading establishment of its kind, and is considered one the biggest maritime and observation centres in the world. The museum forms a part of the World Heritage Site, and its value and quality has been recognised by UNESCO for the amazing things it has offered throughout the years. The museum doesn’t just deal with seafaring spectacles, however, it also gives an incredible view of the other vast expanse of blue; the sky! As part of the site, the Royal Observatory boasts unparalleled star-gazing equipment and exhibitions that are simply out of this world.

The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

 

We Have a Visual

This summer, the museum will host a new exhibition called ‘Visions of the Universe’. This amazing display of galactic goodies will be like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

Take a stroll through the stars, and venture through space to see a stunning collection of images of our universe as they surround you. From breath-taking footage taken by NASA and other telescopes all over the world, all the way back to man’s early hand drawings of our skies, you can see how we’ve captured and observed the heavens through the centuries. Peer at planets, galaxies and great entries from the Observatory’s own Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.

This really is a show not to be missed; singles, couples, friends and family alike can all experience something truly unique on their visit. Something that will always stay in your memory will, no doubt, be the Mars Window. This amazing panorama of the landscape of Mars is a 13 metre long image made up of individual pictures, all taken by NASA’s red planet rovers. Visitors will feel like they’re stepping out onto the planet’s surface!

A model ship at the National Maritime Museum, London

A model ship at the National Maritime Museum, London

 

The Royal Observatory

The cornerstone of this great World Heritage Site, is the Royal Observatory. Home to some of the most coveted pieces of astronomical equipment in the world, it stands as the United Kingdom’s flagship of space observation.

The Observatory boasts the impressive 28-inch telescope lens that dates all the way back to 1893. It is said that only two glassmakers in the world were good enough at their craft to make it, and it took them 8 years to perfect the installation.

The dome that houses the telescope is perhaps the most noticeable part of the Museum’s aesthetic, the Onion dome has been lovingly likened to its namesake vegetable, as well as compared to India’s Taj Mahal! In the winter months, when the skies are darker in evenings, visitors can attend observation evenings and view the incredible night sky through the 28inch telescope; a starry sight you will never forget!

 

Time Line

Not only does the Observatory stay at the forefront of the space industry, it is also the first in time; literally.

The National Maritime Museum’s Observatory site is home to the world-renowned Greenwich Meridian Line. This physical monument represents the Prime Meridian of the globe. This line divides the East from the West, much like the equator shows the division between the North and South hemispheres. As incredible as it sounds, this point is longitude 0, which means it’s a starting reference point for all sailors, air navigators and geographical measurements. All from a point you can stand on in Greenwich, London!

As well as distance and position, it’s also the point where we measure world time from. GMT, or Greenwich Mean Time comes from this central point for world time; here is zero and plus or minus time is measured from the very spot!

 

Conclusion

These unforgettable experiences can be enjoyed at any age, and makes an trip all year round, whatever the weather! See the universe unfold right before your very eyes; even the sharpest of scientists and space fans may leave with a little more than they knew before. Stunning pictures of our gorgeous galaxies will leave you in awe of the beauty that exists beyond our Earth. Plan your next trip to the National Maritime Museum, where the sea and sky are no longer the limit!

Image Credits: Wikipedia and ell brown

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