England, Europe, London

Greenwich, London

On January 8, we visited Greenwich, which is home to the Royal Observatory, the Prime Meridian, and other museums. Greenwich is a borough in London on the bank of the River Thames. It is significant in its shaping of astronomy and maritime knowledge.


First, we explored the museum. Admission was affordable, and an audio tour was provided for us to use as we walked around.

The Royal Observatory Greenwich is an observatory situated on a hill in Greenwich Park, overlooking the River Thames. It played a major role in the history of astronomy and navigation, and is best known for the fact that the prime meridian passes through it, and thereby gave its name to Greenwich Mean Time (Wikipedia). 

We were able to explore the Royal Observatory and learn a lot about astronomy history and knowledge.

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We were also able to stand on the Prime Meridian, which was super cool! This is the point where longitude is 0°. By standing on the Prime Meridian, you have one foot in the Western Hemisphere and one in the Eastern Hemisphere.



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