If you can spare half an hour, or more, and are near George Square, take the opportunity to visit the “Astronomy Victorious” exhibition at the Main Library of the University of Edinburgh. It’s free, open 6 days a week 9am-5pm and, most of all, awesome!

What’s there to see? Various meteorite pieces, artefacts and sketches related to the advancement of astronomy. The most impressive exhibit, though, is the first edition of “On Revolutions of Heavenly Bodies” by, none other, Nicolaus Copernicus from 1543. This was the first published work supporting the theory that the Sun, and not Earth, is the centre of our solar system. I wasn’t aware of this when going to the exhibition and was definitely amazed by it.

“On Revolutions of Heavenly Bodies” by Nicolaus Copernicus, 1543.
On the left page, the diagram showing the Sun in the centre and the order of the planets.

Finally, if you ‘re wondering how clocks would work in other planets, here’s your chance. A full wall with clocks showing the time in all of our solar system planet, plus the moon, are there to see.

A wall of clocks showing time in all our solar system planets, plus the moon.
A wall of clocks showing time in all our solar system planets, plus the moon.

The exhibition “Astronomy Victorious” is hosted at the Main Library of the University of Edinburgh, until October 27th, Monday to Saturday 9am-5pm.