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Year 10 Physics trip to the Royal Observatory

Year 10 Physics trip to the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.

Recently the year 10 physics class took a trip to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.

The day began with a tour around the interactive exhibits in the museum, discussing the evolution of astronomy and the puzzles ahead, such as dark matter and energy. Pupils then crossed over the Meriden time line to view the history of timekeeping.

In the afternoon, pupils took part in a workshop which used real data from distant stars to analyse the chances of it having an exoplanet which could support live. This involved modelling the techniques used to obtained data from the stars and some tricky mathematics.

Finally we were treated to a guided trip to the edge of the universe in the planetarium. The guide even stayed after to answer the extra questions the class had.