Sun Exhibition - London Science Museum

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Sun Exhibition - London Science Museum

Post by Carbon60 » Sun Oct 28, 2018 4:23 pm

Hi all,

I had a few days holiday in London this week and spent some time at the Science Museum, which is hosting the 'Living with Our Star' exhibition through until 6th May 2019.
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Fascinating stuff with lots of information about the Sun and its impact on our daily lives, now and throughout history. From a solar geek viewpoint there's plenty to see; from drawings of Sunspots in Galileo's notebooks, the first dedicated solar telescope at the Kew Observatory (1857 solarheliograph), the first spectroscope (Norman Locker's seven prism device 1868 with which he discovered Helium) and Carrington's original notebooks in which he recorded 'The Carrington Event' in 1859, together with geomagnetic data from the same event recorded at the Kew Observatory, through to state of the art hi-res video from SDO.

If you get the opportunity, it's well worth the visit. Check out the 'Living with Our Star' website https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/see-an ... h-our-star

Some photo's from the exhibition:

Some of Galileo's sunspot records.
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Sunspot sketches, prints, paintings and photographs from mid-1800's to mid 1900's
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Kew Observatory's Photoheliograph (1857)
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Richard Carrington's Sketchbook and Notebook (1859) together with Kew's magnetometer record.
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Norman Lockyer's Spectroscope with which he discovered Helium.
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Re: Sun Exhibition - London Science Museum

Post by eroel » Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:57 pm

Stu:
Too far to visit the museum. :-((
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Post by christian viladrich » Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:18 pm

Very interesting :-)
I am planning a visit there in January.
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Re: Sun Exhibition - London Science Museum

Post by TheSkyBurner » Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:33 pm

That spectroscope is phenomenal, i saw reference to it last month!

http://adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1999JBAA..109..218M

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Re: Sun Exhibition - London Science Museum

Post by MalVeauX » Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:12 pm

I would love to visit this place! Too bad it's across the great pond!

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Post by Derek Klepp » Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:04 am

Fascinating stuff Stu thanks.

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Post by marktownley » Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:31 am

That looks fun Stu! We've popped down to see Janet and John on the IoW for a few days, Johns just getting his hair cut then I think we will be playing in the obs for a bit.
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Re: Sun Exhibition - London Science Museum

Post by Montana » Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:49 am

Wow! some priceless objects there, to see the real sketchbooks and notes of the great solar observers is quite something, usually they are locked away somewhere.
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Re: Sun Exhibition - London Science Museum

Post by ffellah » Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:30 am

Stu: thank you for sharing this and the images. I saved them all for closer viewing later on. It sound like a very interesting exhibit for all solar enthusiasts ! Thank you again, Stu.

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