Watch cult films at London's only planetarium in our Silver Screen Sci-Fi season: this month’s screening is 2013 film, Gravity; celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series with a talk about the fantastical technology featured and the future of space flight; and take advantage of a last chance to see the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 exhibition.
Admission charges apply to planetarium shows, Flamsteed House and Meridian Courtyard, courses and some events. Entry into the Astronomy Centre is free.
Exhibitions and Events
Produced by Evergreen Exhibitions in association with Boeing, Above and Beyond is a ground-breaking new exhibition about the wonders of flight and mankind’s remarkable journey to space.
Created in collaboration with NASA, this exhibition hopes to inspire the next wave of engineers, pilots and astronauts by taking visitors on an exciting journey through the past, present and future of aerospace in the most interactive exhibition on the subject ever to tour.
Packed full with immersive simulations, interactive design challenges and visionary concepts for the future, you can learn how to fly like a bird with Spread Your Wings; take an Elevator to Space and enjoy the view of Earth from above; or go on a Marathon to Mars and see how your body would cope on the long-haul trip to the red planet.
Enjoy this last chance to see the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
The spectacular winning images from the 2015 competition, from distant galaxies to our very own Milky Way and neighbouring planets, reflect our enduring fascination with the night sky. Images on display include the winners from the nine main categories, as well as two special prize winners.
Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 is organised by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in association with Insight Investment and BBC Sky at Night Magazine.
Entry to the Astronomy Centre and to the exhibition is free of charge.
Above and Beyond Season Events
Startling views of our blue planet are of little comfort to two astronauts left stranded in space by the devastation wreaked on their space shuttle by debris. Using their knowledge and ingenuity they must work quickly to find a way home before their oxygen supply runs out.
Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, Gravity won seven Oscars, including Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón.
Following the movie there will be a talk from one of our astronomers on the science behind the film. Popcorn, confectionery, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase in the Planetarium foyer before the event.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series. To kick off the celebrations, we look back at the fantastical technology – big and small – brought to screens over the decades, exploring which Star Trek concepts became a reality and how some of the more extreme ideas may be part of new frontiers in spaceflight.
This summer half-term we will be exploring the amazing planet Mars.
Find out about Mars in the planetarium and discover past, present and future missions to the Red Planet. Explore Mars in our interactive science quiz, make a model Mars Rover to take home and find out how to spot the planet in the sky.
Come along to our programme of weekend family workshops and participate in a varied range of activities related to space science and space exploration: from the latest news on British European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake, to the latest discoveries about the Solar System and the wider universe.
Enjoy a range of public talks and activities delivered by our Observatory Explainers in the Meridian Courtyard, ranging from short talks on the hidden stories of the Royal Observatory Greenwich to solar observing and hands-on science demonstrations. Our Observatory Explainers will be happy to answer any questions you might have between presentations.
NOTE: In the event of rain this activity will take place in the Great Equatorial Telescope or the Octagon Room. Please check with a member of staff.
Peter Harrison Planetarium
The Peter Harrison Planetarium, featuring state-of-the-art technology is the only public planetarium in London and is the centrepiece of the Royal Observatory’s Astronomy Centre. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
An ‘Astro Ticket’ combining access to the historic Royal Observatory buildings and Meridian Courtyard with a planetarium show is available subject to availability. This offers savings for both individuals and families – contact the bookings team or see the website for further information.
Please note that the Planetarium is closed on the first Tuesday of every month for essential maintenance (except August and during Easter).
Join Alien and Ghostbusters actress, Sigourney Weaver, on an epic journey to discover how asteroids present both a danger to life on Earth and an opportunity for future space exploration. The challenges of a mission to an asteroid are enormous, but could enable us to protect our planet and inhabit others. Explore what it would take for astronauts to reach an asteroid and how such an adventure could benefit humankind.
This live show, presented by a Royal Observatory Astronomer, takes visitors on a tour of what can be seen in the night sky on the day of their visit and the months ahead. The journey takes in stars, constellations, planets and moons, and includes a fly-out to the edge of the visible Universe.
The Earth travels around the Sun with seven other planets, hundreds of moons and millions of asteroids. Meet our neighbours in space in this entertaining, interactive show where you can decide which planets to visit. Presented live by a Royal Observatory Astronomer.
Follow the adventures of Ted as he searches the Solar System for the great, big bear in the sky, visiting the Sun, the Moon and the Planets. In collaboration with local schools, music and songs have been developed by Trinity College of Music.
This show explores the scale of the Solar System, Galaxy and Universe and how we measure it, investigating the structure of the universe from the smallest planets to the largest galactic superclusters.
Time and Space at the Royal Observatory Astronomy Galleries
Situated in the Astronomy Centre, these three visually striking galleries provide opportunities to explore astronomy and our place in the universe. With amazing hands-on exhibits helping to provide answers to big questions, the galleries discover how astronomers study space and explain recent developments in modern astronomy. Admission: Free
The Gagarin Terrace at the Royal Observatory Greenwich is home to the statue of the celebrated Russian cosmonaut and first man in space, Yuri Gagarin. The statue was originally sited at the Mall in London, please see website for details.
Explore the importance of time in all our lives through the interactive exhibits in galleries on ‘Time and Longitude’, ‘Time and Greenwich’, and ‘Time and Society’. Admission charges applies, please see website for details. Admission price includes entry to Flamsteed House, the Meridian Courtyard and the Meridian Building in addition to the Time Galleries.
The Royal Observatory Greenwich, National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House and Cutty Sark operate under the banner of Royal Museums Greenwich.
In preparation for the 400th anniversary in 2016 of its commissioning and design, the Queen’s House will be closed until Summer 2016.
The Royal Observatory Greenwich, National Maritime Museum and Cutty Sark are open daily 10.00-17.00 (last admission 16.30). Cutty Sark’s opening times may be subject to change - please see website for details.
Admission to the Astronomy Centre at the Royal Observatory Greenwich is free. Admission to the Royal Observatory’s historic Flamsteed House, Time Galleries, Meridian Courtyard and Meridian Building is charged, please see website for details. An ‘Astro Ticket’ combining access to the historic Royal Observatory buildings and Meridian Courtyard with a Planetarium show is available offering savings for both individuals and families, please see website for details.
General admission to the National Maritime Museum is free. Admissions prices for Cutty Sark, as well as Museum special exhibitions can be found online. For advance bookings and further pricing information please call 020 8312 6608 or email email@example.com.
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