Week 3 – North Star Geography – Royal Observatory Virtual Field Trip

Virtual Field Trip Royal Observatory Greenwich

One of the things we learned about was the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. We also learned about different map projection and scales. Since we cannot visit Greenwich at this time, I thought it would be nice to put together a little virtual field trip.

Virtual Field Trip

Royal Observatory – ©canstockphoto11395208

The Royal Observatory is home of the Greenwich Meantime and the Prime Meridian. This sight is one of the most historic scientific sites in the world. The Royal Observatory was founded by Charles II in 1675, by international decree, is the starting point of a new day and a new year.

As of now the Royal Observatory is part of the National Maritime Museum. Did you know that you can stand in both the Western and Eastern Hemisphere at the same time in one place? Yes, it is possible by standing on the Prime Meridian, with on foot on each side of the line. How cool to be in the center of the world in both time and place.

John Flamstead was appointed by Charles II as the first Astronomer Royal in 1675. The observatories purpose was to improve navigation at sea, while out at sea and out of sight from land by astronomical means. In the 19th century the Observatory became famous for the accurate measure of time.

Royal Observatory & History of Astronomy -This is a nice website and you will learn about some little known facts.

The Royal Observatory GreenWich – This link has articles as well as a brief history.

Royal Observatory – This is a great video that has a lot of information for being 6 minutes long. This was one of the best videos I found.

Greenwich Mean Time – This is also a great video done by two 8th graders about Greenwich Mean Time, a time of change, a change in time.

Royal Greenwich Observatory – This is Encyclopedia Britannica link. It has a short reading, quiz, video, and lists.


Enjoy the links and the videos!

13 Responses to “Week 3 – North Star Geography – Royal Observatory Virtual Field Trip”

  • 1
    Bekah says:

    Awesome virtual trip! Looks like you learned a lot. I’d love to be in the west and east all at the same time! 😀
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    admin Reply:

    Me too! Someday I would love to visit it.

  • 2
    Theresa says:

    I love the idea of a virtual field trip. I might use this in my classroom, and I find it interesting myself!

    admin Reply:

    I love Virtual Field Trips. I couldn’t find many videos on this. At least not good quality informational videos. I was happy to find what I did. The 8th graders did a great job in the video as well.

  • 3
    Courtney says:

    Omg it must of been so neat being there!!!! I majored in history… And even though this is science its still kinda a historical place to see…so cool 😉

  • 4
    Jess says:

    The concept of a virtual field trip is so awesome! Love this!
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  • 5

    I really enjoyed your virtual field trip. It would be surreal to stand in two hemispheres at once. I love that you included a great list of resources for further learning.
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    admin Reply:

    It would be the neatest thing to be in two hemispheres at once. There is actually so much more to see there then I posted in the post. I would even like to check out the astronomy observatory there and see the Flamsteed house. Maybe someday I will get there. I am glad you enjoyed it.

  • 6
    Holly says:

    Such an interesting concept. Loved reading about it.
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  • 7
    Samantha says:

    Great post! we are fortunate to have a local, but small, observatory. It’s been great to go there at different times and learn more about the world!

    admin Reply:

    We have one that is about an hour or more away that I have been wanting to take the kids too.

  • 8

    A virtual tour?! Yes please! That is so nice for exploring areas too far to get to in an inexpensive trip. Thanks so much for sharing!
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    admin Reply:

    You are welcome. I hope to be able to put together more Virtual Tours and hopefully next time I can create some kind or worksheet or maybe a webquest type thing to go with it.

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