As you guys may know, we are very lucky gals to have a special space at the National Maritime Museum's Royal Observatory!
Well, you guys already know everything thing there is to know about us (right?), so it's time for a little history lessons about literally one of the most important places in our humble country.
No, literally, it is built on the point which we measure space and time from... Let me explain. The Royal Observatory was built in August 1675, commissioned by goodtime guy King Charles II earlier that year ( FUN FACT: he - or rather his wife Catherine of Braganza - introduced drinking tea to England, so there's that!). It was built on the exact point of the prime meridian. This means that it is from this point that GMT is measured, and it is used as a basis reference for mapping and navigating.
The meridian in marked in the observatory by a brass strip on the floor and a neon green laser shining into the sky (for aliens, right? For aliens.)
The king intended the Observatory to be a place to 'apply himself with the most exact care and diligence to the rectifying of the tables of the motions of the heavens, and the places of the fixed stars, so as to find out the so much desired longitude of places for the perfecting of the art of navigation'. And, amongst his partying and debauchery, some amazing kinds of sciencing have taken place!
The Observatory was repurposed into a rockin museum in the second half of the 20th Century, and the science was carried off else. We are so lucky to have such an incredible site of national history and global influence right here on our doorstep!
Drop down to the National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory: Start your day with a stroll around the Insight Astronomer Photography of the Year Exhibition, climb aboard the famous Cutty Sark, and wind up with a peaceful visit to the beautiful Baltic Exchange gallery.