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Long celebrated as one of the nation’s greatest architects, Sir Christopher Wren is less well remembered for his contribution to astronomy.
Appointed Savilian Professor of Astronomy at the University of Oxford in 1661, alongside his architectural and mathematical pursuits, Wren also made a devout study of the heavens.
Join the inaugural stargazing session at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, held in Wren’s honour amid the magnificent suite of 17th-century buildings that he designed.
You’ll be greeted with a glass of wine in the State Apartments, designed as a rest stop for monarchs travelling along the River Thames by barge.
An astronomy expert will be your guide, providing an introductory talk on the night sky before you head outdoors to try the telescopes and, if fortunate, catch sight of some shooting stars.
Please note that a portion of this event takes place outdoors and guests should dress for inclement weather. The event is wheelchair accessible.
Dark Sky Wales offers stargazing experiences and astrophotography tuition throughout central Wales. Regular events are held at some of the darkest locations in the UK, with expert guides on hand to guide astronomers of all levels of experience around the universe.
This event is held as part of Wren 300, a multi-faceted celebration of the life and work of the renowned British architect, mathematician, astronomer and scientist Sir Christopher Wren.