Thursday, 2 January 2014

Astronomy Photographer of the Year, Free Exhibition at Royal Observatory Greenwich

London is full of brilliant cheap and free things to do but I never seem to have the time or inclination to go and enjoy them.  So when I had a few extra days off work last week the obvious activity was to go and enjoy this lovely city.

A quick google and the Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Royal Observatory was our chosen destination.

I thought it was absolutely brilliant.  The photos are stunning, and I was particularly impressed by the Young Photographers category.  The youngest runner up was only 10 but managed to take an amazing photo.  I'd have no idea where to begin!

The photos are broken in to 4 categories: Young Astrophotographers, Deep Space, Our Solar System and Earth & Space.  There were also 3 special prizes for People and Space, Robotic Scope and Best Newcomer.

My knowledge of space is pretty basic and mostly based on Red Dwarf, Brian Cox documentaries and vague memories of GCSE Physics lessons. Luckily for me, there were handy explanations of each photo which were detailed enough to be interesting but simple enough for a pleb like me to understand.

We also enjoyed the view over London and took advantage of free entry to the National Maritime Museum.

The exhibition is free and open until 23rd February 2014.  Nearest stations: Cutty Sark (DLR) or Greenwich (National Rail from London Bridge, NOT North Greenwich on the Jubilee line)

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