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Explore the universe in London during National Astronomy Week

20th February 2014

Ask any Londoner and they'll tell you that their city is the centre of the universe, with all the best shops, bars, restaurants and facilities. It's hardly surprising that it's the most visited metropolis on the planet, and with such great transport links, all roads really do seem to lead here.

However, with National Astronomy Week coming up at the end of February, this is the perfect opportunity to explore what lies beyond the city limits - although we're not talking about Kent or Surrey, but the marvels and mysteries that sit above our heads.

London is a fantastic city for astronomers, with plenty of world-class star-gazing facilities, so if you'd like to learn more about outer space then this is certainly the place to come.

For example, in honour of National Astronomy Week, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust is hosting an exciting astronomy evening on February 27th at the London Wetland Centre.

Launching at 19:00 sharp, the fun will kick off with a tour of the universe at the centre's theatre, before expert astronomers take guests outside to observe the night sky through telescopes and other specialist equipment.

Weather permitting, the event should last around two hours, and attendees can expect to come away with a much greater understanding and appreciation of the mysteries of the universe.

Located in Barnes in the south-west of the capital, the London Wetland Centre is always a fantastic place for nature lovers to come, although this one-off event is certainly not something to be missed.

Of course, if you can't make it, there are plenty of other spots in London that are great for stargazing, such as the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, which also happens sit on the spot where the Meridian Line begins.

As if that weren't enough, the Planetarium at Madame Tussaud's is yet another terrific place to go if you want to get a little closer to the cosmos.

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