Highlights this month include Out of this World activity mornings; cult films at London's only planetarium; and a last chance to see the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 exhibition.
Admission charges apply to planetarium shows, Flamsteed House and Meridian Courtyard, courses and some events – see below for details. Entry into the Astronomy Centre is free.
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
The annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich displays the spectacular winning images from the competition of 2014.
From distant galaxies to our very own Milky Way and neighbouring planets, the photographs reflect our enduring fascination with the night sky. Images on display include the winners from the four main categories: Earth and Space, Our Solar System, Deep Space and Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year, as well as three special prize winners.
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 was organised by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in association with BBC Sky at Night Magazine. Entry to the Astronomy Centre and to the exhibition is free of charge.
Out of this World Activity Mornings
This summer, Out of this World will be celebrating the arrival of the NASA spacecraft New Horizons at the dwarf planet Pluto in the asteroid belt, and we will be exploring dwarf planets, asteroids and meteorites. Parents will remember when Pluto was a planet – find out why this is no longer the case.
Sunday Space Explorers
Come along to our drop-in family workshops where one of our astronomers will show you how to make a star finder to identify stars and constellations in the night sky all year round.
Meet the Time Travellers: Nevil Maskelyne
Meet time-travelling Astronomer Royal, Nevil Maskelyne, and his human computer, Mary Edwards, in the Meridian Courtyard to find out about their life and work at Greenwich in the 18th century.
Meet the Time Travellers: Albert Einstein
Come and meet time-travelling genius Albert Einstein and his modern day companion, Anna Bastable, to find out about the amazing scientific theories he developed that changed the way we look at the Universe.
Silver Screen Sci-Fi Showing: A Scanner Darkly
This July, as part of a season dedicated to cult sci-fi movies, the Royal Observatory Greenwich will be screening A Scanner Darkly (2006). In this animated science-fiction thriller, Oscar winner and director of Boyhood, Richard Linklater adapts Philip K. Dick’s dystopian tale of mass drug addiction and intrusive police surveillance.
When an undercover cop goes searching for the source of a mysterious new drug, he finds himself losing his own identity along the way. 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.
Relatively Good Fun
Join Royal Observatory Astronomer, Dr Edward Bloomer, as he explores the implications of Einstein’s theories of general and special relativity in this mind-bending talk that looks at everything from time travel to wormholes.
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).
Astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson narrates this exciting planetarium show that goes beyond the night sky and into deep space. Find out how discoveries over the past 100 years have led us to two great cosmic mysteries: dark matter and dark energy.
The Sky Tonight
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.
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.
Meet the Neighbours
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 Greenwich astronomer.
Exhibitions and Galleries
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.
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.
Time Galleries: 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 apply. 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.
The Royal Observatory Greenwich, National Maritime Museum Queen’s House andCutty 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 Line 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 and Queen’s House 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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