How many space stations does it take to cover an Observatory?

This is a really quick post to highlight a great part of the BBC website, BBC Dimensions. It allows you to get a much better feel for the scale of things by comparing them to your local neighborhood using postcodes and Google Maps. Thanks to Will Gater and twitter for bringing it to my attention. Amongst the many options, there’s a Space section, from which I learned that the International Space Station is about the same size as the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh!:

Incidentally this weekend the Observatory will be throwing its doors open to the public as part of the Edinburgh Doors Open Day. There’ll be comet and rocket making, lab tours, planetarium shows, dome demonstrations and astronomers (including me) around to talk about what we get up to up here. It’s completely free and runs from 10am – 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday. If you’re in Edinburgh and into space-stuff you should definitely come along!


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