Solar Superstorms

A fury is building on the surface of the Sun – high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave that reaches 100,000 kilometres high, rising loops of electrified gas. What's driving these strange phenomena? How will they affect planet Earth?

Find the answers as we venture into the seething interior of our star. Solar Superstorms is a major new production that takes viewers into the tangle of magnetic fields and superhot plasma that vent the Sun's rage in dramatic flares, violent solar tornadoes, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: Coronal Mass Ejections.

Cosmic Christmas

How can we use these colours to find out about the ingredients of the Universe?

Start your voyage of discovery with a Christmas-themed planetarium show to learn a space-themed 12 Days of Christmas song; followed by a solar system quiz, and ending with a stellar make and do that allows you to see the ingredients of the Universe through light and colour!

Please note: all children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Age: 7+

The Sky Tonight

Find out what the night sky has to offer in the month ahead, in this traditional planetarium show presented live by a Royal Observatory astronomer.

Age: 5+

THE IAPY MICROSHOW - A 5 minute short show will be screened after every showing of The Sky Tonight. It features a selection of the best entries to this year’s Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, and will be narrated live by an astronomer, who will explore different aspects of astrophotography and the special features of the most exciting images.

A Valentine's Evening with the Stars

Come and enjoy a evening of events at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, including a romantically themed planetarium show, a chance to look at the moon through our our 18-tonne Victorian telescope and spend some time in the Meridian Courtyard with a glass of fizz, standing on the Prime Meridian of the world.

The evening provides an opportunity to visit the Observatory after hours, and to meet a number of different astronomers with whom you can discuss topics from the life cycles of stars, to collisions between galaxies and more besides!

Night sky observing highlights – October 2015

This month’s highlights include planetary conjunctions and the Orionid meteor shower. (All times given are for London and will vary for other parts of the UK.) 2 October after 22.00 look towards the waning gibbous Moon low in the east, and then look for the orange star Aldebaran in the constellation Taurus which will be only half a degree away.

4 Oct – a last quarter Moon will be visible in the morning, setting around 15.00.

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