This article1 describes the present state of astronomy in Britain by reference to its history. It surveys the facilities that are available to British astronomers, and the research groups and associations that they have formed to carry out their investigations. University groups are particularly strong. There are numerous amateur societies, both local and national, and astronomy has a distinctive place in education as a subject that motivates students to study science at school and university. The article references the present surprisingly large number of organisations in Britain2 that advance astronomy.
KeywordsEuropean Space Agency Royal Greenwich Observatory Square Kilometre Array Royal Observatory International Astronomical Union
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