Sun and Moon Day

Half Term Special Event: 15 February

On Tuesday February the 15 the Royal Observatory Edinburgh will be open for a Half Term Special Event. We have a wide range of activities to interest the whole family!

On that day we will be able to observe the Sun and the Moon at the same time. We will use our solar telescopes to look at the Sun to see if there are any sun spots and we will use astronomical telescopes to look at the Moon.

Come and see a piece of the moon! To take a closer look at the Moon we will have NASA moon rock samples on loan from the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council. We will have moon rocks and very thin sections of moon rock that you can investigate with a microscope.

Find out more about the Sun and the Moon by watching our presentations on “Were the moon landings a hoax?”, “The Sun and the Northern Lights” and “What can you see when you look at the Moon?”.

Come along and make your own moon crater and a space shuttle too!

Visit our shop for gifts, books and pocket money toys.

Open from 10 am to 4.30 pm.
Admission £9 for a family ticket, £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children and concessions. No booking required. Call 0131 668 8404 or see our website for more information. Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh, EH9 3HJ.


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Moon rock samples

Moon rock samples





Spotting Sun spots

Spotting Sun spots

Notes for Editors

Press are welcome to come to the Observatory to cover the event. If you would like to come up on the day for a photo-shoot please contact Eleanor Gilchrist on 0131 668 8397 or